2011-10-08 - Patience ~ Moses
Patience Series ~ Part 5
For the past few weeks, we have been looking at Biblical examples of patience. Today we will come at it from another angle, considering the lack of patience of one of the most well-known figures in the Old Testament, as well as the people he was leading.
When he was a young man, Moses observed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Moses then killed the Egyptian and hid the body. Moses' lack of patience led him to make an impetuous act, which cost a life. Moses was forced to flee to Midian to escape punishment. (Genesis 2:11-15)
Moses was later called by God to lead the Hebrews out of captivity in Egypt. Reluctantly, Moses accepted God's assignment to confront the pharaoh. After a series of plagues brought upon him by God, the pharaoh released the Hebrews. Moses was in charge of the trip to the promised land.
Along the way to the Promised Land, the Hebrews repeatedly showed a lack of patience. They demanded food from God. And when Moses was on the mountain, talking to God, they built a golden calf to worship. At one point, near Kadesh in the Desert of Zin, they demanded water. Moses was told by God to call out to a rock, and He would provide them with water. Moses assembled the Hebrews and said, "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?" (Numbers 20:10, NIV) Then Moses impatiently struck the rock twice with his staff. Water flowed out. God then told Moses that his lack of patience had cost him a chance to enter the promised land. Moses was to have called out to the rock, but he lost patience - and contrary to God's instructions - he struck it
What can we learn from Moses? We are to remain patient, even in times of stress and confrontation. We should call on God in prayer for advice. And we are to listen to God's guidance and instructions - and then act on them.