Here we find God speaking very harsh words to Moses. Why?
God had a specific plan with the life of Moses, even from birth.
Pharaoh issued a decree that all the boys born to the Israelites should be killed. But his
mother saw that he was a very beautiful child and she hid him. When she could no longer
hide him, she nursed him for Pharaoh's daughter, and he grew up in the palace. With time
Moses saw the difference between the children of Israel and the Egyptians, and chose the
people of God. Eventually God used Moses to miraculously deliver the children of Israel.
But the people complained continuously, so much that eventually
Moses could not bear it and became impatient, spoke harshly with his mouth and struck the
Rock which God told him to speak to.
We won't be judged by what people say to us and how they react
towards us and treat us, but we will be judged by our reaction towards them and whether we
honour God's name through our reaction.
A certain woman spoke to mr Mdlalose and after awhile he realised
that he knew her. But it was clear that she was far from God, in the world. She then
admitted that once she was on fire for God but once at home she submitted to family
pressures and visited a witch doctor to get witchcraft medicine for her son in prison.
After that all her love for the Lord disappeared and her desire to serve the Lord.
Esau also sold his birthright for a pot of soup.
Someone who came out of satanism was asked why he went into it. He
admitted that he was promised riches and went for it on the spur of the moment.
Don't just be satisfied being called a Christian, but is your life
bringing glory to God?
When one reads the edict of the pagan king Darius (Dan 6:25-27),
it reads like the words of a prophet of God. Why? Because of the life of Daniel, who
brought honour upon God's name through his exemplarary life. When he was told of the
decree that no other god may be worshipped for thirty days except the king, he continued
to worship God as he had before, opened his window towards Jerusalem and prayed. He was
also faithful in his work.
Even when the king threw him in the lion's den the king had hope
that God would deliver him (Dan 6:16). When the king cried to Daniel the next morning
whether God had delivered him, Daniel acknowledged how God had delivered him and gave
glory to God (Dan 6:21-22).
Not far from here mr Mdlalose and others visited a woman, treated
her wounds and gave her food, because she was neglected by her family when she became
sick, because she was a Christian who steadfastly refused any witchcraft medicine or being
taken to a witchdoctor. She glorified and honoured God's name even in her sickness, by her
firm decision to follow Jesus even when the family turned against her and refused to give
her food. Eventually she passed away, but even at her funeral God's name was honoured and
glorified because of her life!
So let us honour God's name whether it's easy or difficult.