Sin is not a behavior to belittle. When it no longer frightens us, we have lost contact with God. A small sin can lead to a large tragedy. All sin has consequences.
One day, while the Children of Israel were on the path to the
Promised Land they came to a place that had no water. Rather than
trusting their God who had always provided for their every need they
became frightened. And when fear takes over in anyone’s life,
Our Psalmist gives us a vivid report of the consequences of their
behavior: it “angered” Moses. The Lord told him to take his rod, gather
the people together, speak to the rock in their presence and it would
give them all the water they needed.
But Moses did not speak to the rock. He struck it twice with his rod.
Then, in anger, he spoke harshly to the people. Instead of doing what
God asked him to do, he did what he wanted to do and then reacted in
Notice that the word anger is only one letter short of danger – it
lacks a “d.” The result of his disobedience is seen in his anger. And
there is always great danger when we are disobedient to God. His
disobedience led to anger – which led to sin. As a result he lost the
great honor and privilege of leading his people into the Promised Land.
How sad. How tragic. Moses did many great and glorious things. He had
worked hard and done well. He was so close to reaching the goal God had
given him. But he disobeyed God, lost control of his emotions and had
to pay the consequences. A moment of anger can destroy anyone.
Prayer: Lord, only You can give us victory over things that will so easily destroy us. May we follow Your advice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 106:32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the Lord, and trouble came to Moses because of them;