“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” ( Psalm 16:8).
The Bible has numerable instances of those who slipped while on duty, perhaps because they lost focus. Moses had seen the hand of God through incredible moments, such as the parting of the Red Sea which gave way for the Israelites against the storming Egyptians. Yet, in spite of all, he would slip when his faith was exercised on a less demanding task.
When the stubborn Israelites lost out in a desert cried out to him for water, even accusing him of leading them on to a suicidal path, he turned to the Lord. “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink’( Numbers 20: 7-8).
Looks like it was a simple command given all Moses had seen. With Aaron on his side, “Moses said to them, Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank” ( Numbers 20:10-11). Take note he hit the rock twice, and he had been just told to “Speak to that rock...” He had slipped, very badly. “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them” ( vv 12).
So, Moses, and his right hand man Aaron, never reached the Promised land! Perhaps here it is worth speculating why he slipped. It could have been the pressure of the mob on him that forced him lose concentration. What though is clear he lost focus on the power of the Almighty God by imagining the rock would gush out water based on the strength of his hitting the rock hard. Yet, truth is, even if he had merely whispered, water would have still gushed out. There was no need for further demonstration.
God has led you too through innumerable moments where he showed you his might. Now he is asking you to look up to him with faith. But you shouldn’t let yourself slip, thinking that the task at hand you will accomplish it because of your might. Rather the Lord is saying “You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth..” ( Deuteronomy 8:17-18).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray to focus absolutely on you through whatever task there is knowing it is not by might but your power that I accomplish anything, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!