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February 21, 2015

FRUSTRATION = an act of hindering someone’s plans or efforts, a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized, the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals, a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs, a feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something, the act of preventing the success of something.

Moses at age eighty while keeping the flock of Jethro his father in law on a mountain in Horeb has his first encounter with God. God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush and commissioned him to go to Pharaoh in Egypt with a message from Him. During this encounter, Moses presents five reasons why he should not go, and God rejects all them. God tells Moses what will happen when he goes to Pharaoh, what to say to the elders of Israel, and that Aaron, his brother, will assist him in this commission.

Moses reluctantly goes to Egypt and follows God’s instructions. After ten plagues and increased hardship placed on the Israelis by Pharaoh, the Israelis a total of 600,000 men plus women and children are finally allowed to leave Egypt with Moses leading them across the Red Sea and into the wilderness.

During their time in the wilderness, God was their benefactor. He provided for them all that they would need; however, they murmured and complained continuously, and they not only directed their hostility toward God but also to Moses whom the bible stated was a very meek man above all the men of his time. Moses was a sincere, dedicated, and compassionate man who loved his fellow kinsman. He was a leader not by choice but by God’s appointment, and he was doing the best he could to lead a rebellious, ungrateful, hardheaded people. All he wanted to do is to bring these people into the land of Canaan, but they refused to be willing participants.

The Israelis murmured against Moses over food and water. They murmured against him and threatened to stone him due to their fears and cowardliness concerning entering the land of Canaan. They grumbled and were jealous of his leadership and place of authority. They blamed him for every difficult situation they were experiencing, and it finally took its’ toll on him.

In their traveling the Israelis are once again at a place where they have no water, and they proceed in their usual fashion to complain. Moses and Aaron intercedes for the people, and God gives Moses this instruction, “Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink” (Numbers 20: 8). Unfortunately, in his anger and frustration, Moses does not follow God’s instruction completely; instead, he calls the people together and says, “Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?” (Numbers 20:10) Then he lifts up his hand, and smites the rock twice with his rod. God found this unacceptable and states this, “Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them” (Numbers 20:12). Moses begged God to change His mind, but God would not comply. In kindness, God did allow Moses to view the Promise Land from Mount Nebo before he died in the land of Moab (Deuteronomy 32:49-52).

What did I learn from Moses’s experience?  Sometimes God will give us an assignment that we feel unqualified to fulfill, but since he gave it, He knows we can handle it. This assignment may be with people who will cause you a great deal of heartache, headache, anger, and frustration. Plus, the enemy will use them to thwart your assignment. However; we cannot allow our emotions to become so overwhelming that we forget our instructions, for one wrong move may cause you to forfeit seeing and experiencing your promise land.

So, I close this blog with this thought, “I may become frustrated, but I will remain focused and not deviate from my assignment.”

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