Reading: Exodus 17: 1-4
Verse Two: Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?
At times it can be difficult to lead. But we are all called to lead our lives as a witness to Jesus Christ and His love. In this case we are following one leader as we seek to lead others to a relationship with Jesus or deeper in their present relationship with Him. To lead as Christ led can require us to make difficult decisions and, at times, to take stands that may be unpopular.
God chose Moses to lead the people out of slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land. This has been and will be a difficult task, but Moses remains steadfast to his call. The people have grumbled and even fallen into sin. God has used Moses over and over to lead the people to freedom and to provide for them. They grumbled about food and God brought quail and manna, validating Moses’ leadership along the way. Today, once again, the people grumble. Instead of praying and seeking God, they complain. There is also an element of testing God. Moses says to the people, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test”? True, the people are thirsty and they do need water. But they are certainly testing both God and Moses’ patience.
At times we will be called upon to lead and the Word of God will give us clear and direct guidance on how to proceed. It is easier to lead when there is an obvious path. But occasionally we must turn to the Holy Spirit and we must listen very closely to discern the will of God that gives us direction. In both cases, there may still be grumbling and complaining. Sometimes this is easy to dismiss and sometimes it is hard to do so. To be sure in our decisions and leadership, we must spend much time with God. The larger the decision, the more time we should spend. Our time spent with God in prayer, reading and meditating on scripture, and discerning His will brings us increased assurances that we are leading in a Godly direction. Then if grumbling comes, we know that God had left our decision and that God will continue to guide us through. In this way, we can trust into God.
Moses was a great leader because of his solid connection to God. May we lead in the same way, deeply rooted in God, leading in a way that brings God all the glory and honor.