Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Nov- 20- Respond to Difficult Situations
November 7 2011 by Wayne Proctor, pastor, Eure Baptist Church

Focal Passages: Numbers 20:1-13; Psalm 106:32-33
Has anyone ever said to you, “Don’t make an important decision when you are angry?” Getting frustrated and angry is a part of life. We all deal with it, and how we deal with it can determine our friendships, success and destiny. Moses was a perfect example of what to do and not to do in difficult situations. In Exodus 17:1-7 Moses and the people were in similar circumstance: no water, and the people were thirsty and afraid. Without water they and their livestock would suffer and die.

On that occasion Moses sought God’s direction, and responded exactly as God prescribed. He struck the rock with one blow from his staff and the water began to flow. The people and flocks were hydrated. All was well. In the passage for today, however, Moses was presented with another virtually identical difficult situation. Unfortunately, on this occasion Moses responded inappropriately. He let his frustration and anger get the best of him. For that sin, Moses would pay dearly.
The setting was the beginning of the 40th year of wandering in the wilderness. The Hebrews had settled in Kadesh, and Moses was hoping in a short time they would break camp and make the final leg of the journey to the Promised Land. This was an emotionally trying time for Moses. His devoted sister, Miriam, had just died. Additionally, his people were incessantly complaining about the water situation.

Moses was sad, tired, and extremely frustrated. Furthermore, his brother Aaron was not well (he would also die that year). Yet in the midst of trying circumstances the brothers Moses and Aaron did the right thing. They implored God for direction. God ordered Moses to “speak to the rock;” however, when the time came for action, Moses doubly erred. He angrily struck the rock, not once, but twice. Although the needed waters came, Moses would not be granted the privilege of leading the Hebrews into the Promised Land. Uncontrolled anger often comes at a regretful price.

11/7/2011 2:25:01 PM by Wayne Proctor, pastor, Eure Baptist Church | with 0 comments

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