Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. (Numbers 20:11)

To the casual outsider, this looked like a wonderful miracle.  The people needed water, and Moses performed a miracle that produced water.  The story is a bit more complicated than that.  In fact, this is the event that would keep Moses from entering the Promised Land.

In a way, I can certainly sympathize with Moses.  He was growing quite tired of the constant complaints from the people.  It seems that all these ungrateful people did in the wilderness was to gripe, gripe, gripe.  When God told Moses that all he needed to do was to “speak” to the rock to produce water, Moses let his anger get a little out of hand.  He yelled at the people, picked up his staff, and gave the rock a big wallop.  Water came out of the rock, the people were satisfied, but this was when God pulled Moses aside and informed him he would not be going into the Promised Land.

Beloved, God wants to work in our lives.  He wants to work through us to meet the needs of people around us.  He also wants us to give the people an accurate idea of who He is.  He is patient when we are not.  He loves when we don’t.  He is gracious and kind.  We miss out on greater blessings when we misrepresent Him.