Summary: “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see Something that’s above you” Pride is something else in our life that has to go before pressing into God’s best. “Why is that?” you may
Disregarding God’s Directive ...
Also Exodus 17:1-7
Golden Text - The Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron , Because ye beli...
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see Something that’s above you”
Pride is something else in our life that has to go before pressing into God’s best. “Why is that?” you may ask. It has been said, “In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.” If pride does not die we could make an unwise, non-Spirit led decision, and deviate off course from God’s will and His best. Pride takes our focus off of God and results in our ignoring His guidance,,,,Thus Disregarding God’s Directive (amen)
Without looking ahead for God’s guidance as He leads the way, we will not see the path ahead as clearly as we ought. Looking down on people and things could cause us to trip and fall spiritually. Proverbs warns us, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (16:8).
When I was a young boy,,, I was informed that while walking I needed to stop looking down so much, before I tripped... I was advised to keep my head up and see what’s in front of me.
This is some good spiritual advice and application as well. We are not to hold our heads up high with pride, but spiritually we should be looking upward unto the Lord who prepares the way (Numbers 9:15-23). As we look to God we are reminded of His holiness and we gain a proper perspective of who is in charge,,,and,, and whom we should be seeking to please ,,, and glorify...
In our lesson this morning we will see how Moses and Aaron took their eyes off of God in a moment of pride and failed to glorify the Lord; thus resulting in these two brothers never ,,, entering the Promised Land.
A Frustrating Situation (vv. 1-5)
Have you ever been in a place where it seems as though nothing is going right; and you just can’t seem to kick Murphy,,, (Murphy’s Law) to the curb?
This,,,this, is what Moses and Aaron were experiencing; and we too will have days or seasons like this while pursuing God’s best, as the devil seeks to hinder what God is purposing to do in and through us. Moses had lost his sister,,, in her passing; they,,, were in a place where there was no water for the people of Israel; and the people began complaining and becoming afraid ,,, agian....
There is no doubt that Miriam’s death created a fear of dying in the wilderness and resulted in the onset of panic among the Israelites,,, Moses was probably hurt, bitter and angry about losing his sister. He may have even blamed God for allowing it to happen; and he was no doubt frustrated by the people who were complaining to he and Aaron. It would be an understatement to say that Moses and Aaron, as leaders, were having an extremely bad day!!!
Jack Hayford informs us, “A bad day can blur your perspective and muddy your speech. It can fog the mind and bring uncertainty to your heart or tempt you to mutter words of dubious wisdom....” Both the leaders and the people, because of frustration, had lost perspective on their situation.