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There’s Always a Consequence | Kimi Miller
S~ for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes. Numbers 27:14 (NIV)
O~ I’m always sad when I think about Moses not being able to enter the Promise Land. After all those years of leading the Israelites in the desert, when it’s time to enter in, God doesn’t allow him to. Now, in comparison where God DID allow him to enter was far greater, but in that moment, I’m sad for Moses. From my perspective it seems a bit unfair – I mean the Israelites were quite “chumpish” – I’m sure I would have been frustrated with them, too.
Because Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it the way God told him to, Moses was prevented from entering the Promise Land; there are always consequences to our choices. Even though God did not allow Moses to enter into the land, it doesn’t mean that God did not love Moses or that He abandoned him. I think they both still trusted one another; this was just the consequence when Moses’ emotions got the better of him, and he was disobedient.
A~ There are several times my frustration/irritation has dictated my actions. Yuck, I don’t even like writing that out, but it’s true. I know in those moments, I’ve not been obedient. You asked me to handle it one way, and I chose another which usually brought about consequences with greater heartache for me.
But even in my disobedience, You never stop loving me. You offer mercy and grace. You speak to kindly to me, but always as One with authority. You never give up on me, and You give me another chance.
P~ Forgive me for the times I am disobedient, Lord. Help me to slow down – to not act out in the heat of the moment in frustration or anger, but to deal with those emotions and feelings with You first. May I learn to seek Your face first – to realign my heart with Yours that I might walk in Your will and not my own.
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