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Leadership Requires Giving God The Glory

The people quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the Lord….. Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting. They fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them……Moses and Aaron summoned the assembly in front of the rock, and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels! Must we bring water out of this rock for you?” Numbers 20:3, 6, 10 CSB


Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land until Jesus came to earth because of his sin recorded in this chapter. The Israelites grumbled again against Moses and his leadership, though Moses allowed the Lord to lead this people, and he merely followed, commanding Israel to do the same. When the people revolted, Moses prayed; he sought the Lord, for the Lord alone was the solution to the people’s problem with Moses, for ultimately, their problem was with God and not Moses. God told Moses what to do, which Moses had been so faithful to do, and credited God for the work done. This time, Moses took the credit, costing him his ticket to the Promised Land. Moses was undoubtedly agitated and frustrated by the people’s lack of faith in him and God. Nevertheless, God’s man had to give God all the glory to lead God’s people. In His humility, God still honored Moses before the people, but Moses’ failure to honor God before the people would cost him. When life is hard, we should seek the Lord, but when the Lord gives us the way out, we must recognize Him as the One Who was faithful to care for and provide for our needs, not our effort.

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