Merry Christmas! Blessings to you and your family this day and all year through. What a beautiful morning to wake up to find the house is quiet and peaceful which sends my heart to instant gratitude. It makes it easy to gain this perspective when there is the beauty of the Christmas tree, the appreciation for the job that afforded us presents under the tree and our health and happiness to be celebrated and recognized on this day.
While the why behind today far succeeds anything our eyes can see and our minds can conceive – it’s the birth of our LORD!
So I read Numbers 20 to continue our journey through the bible and discover something to examine. Moses and Aaron fell into temptation. I believe the whining and complaining of the Israelites caught up to them. God gives them specific orders to speak to the rock and it will give water, but instead “the boys” give credit to themselves, tap the rock TWICE, AND speak to the people in a harsh tone as if too be speaking for God. This makes God mad and He prohibits Moses or Aaron from entering the promise land. Bummer, all that wandering and never permitted to reap the reward of all that effort?
The reason it came down to this is that disbelief set in. Think about it… they believed in God, but they didn’t believe God and took matters into their own hands. This didn’t work out for them. God punished them for their actions, He had too – they tried to take credit for God’s power.
Do we do this? I do! I have been struggling with this for some time now. I believe in God with all my heart, but when it comes to believing God, my mind starts to rationalize, justify, or compromise what His Word REALLY says. Today is a day that a lot of people believe in God, but do they truly believe what the birth of our Savior means? Sadly, I don’t think so. I hope today gives you an opportunity to solidify your belief and that by faith you can trust God and live out his Word to your friends and family today.