Some of our Worship Sound Bites really stand out as a word for TODAY. Our culture seems to be stressed from all sides, but yet God is still speaking. However, we are seeing that he’s speaking in new and unique ways if we’re willing to hear him.
This message from Stephen Mcwhirter and Jason Clayborn reminds us that even in the days of Moses, our God was powerful and creative and spoke directly to his people, and yet his people feared doing God’s will if it was in conflict with the way they were used to doing things.
God is the creator of “creativity.” God is the creator of “wisdom.” God is the creator of “strategy.” When God asks you to do something in a new way, even though the way you’ve been doing what you’re doing (work, business, ministry, family, etc.) has been working for you, don’t become a Moses and miss the Promised Land because you aren’t willing to listen to the voice of God and do exactly what he’s asked you to do.
7 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” 9 And Moses took the staff from before the Lord, as he commanded him.
Moses Strikes the Rock
10 Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. 12 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”
Our prayer is that we’ll all learn to listen to the Lord and won’t be afraid to do exactly what the Lord tells us to do.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible- or one of, it’s the story where it’s in you know, I think it’s in Exodus where Moses and the people of Israel are going into the Promised Land and they’re in the Promised Land and they’re like dying of thirst.
And the Lord tells Moses, hey, go hit that rock with a stick and I’m going to make water come out and we’re going to take care of this thing. And everybody’s like, Yay, he’s the guy that, you know hits the rocks with sticks and water comes out.
That’s our thing. This is what- this is what, our theology for God. Right? And then later on in Chronicles, God says, this time speak to the rock and I’m going to make water come out. Then Moses hits the rock still.
Not only does he hit it once, he hits it twice, he’s like, this is what we do, though. We know this works. Let’s just play it safe. And he hits the rock. Water does come out because God’s good, okay?
But because of that, the Lord said, Moses, you won’t go into the Promised Land. It was an inability to go, okay, God, you want to do it a totally different way, but this way works. This is the way we do it.
No, you’re going to have to do something this time that’s different and takes even more faith. It’s kind of crazy, but I think there’s a lesson in that for really believers, individuals, and for the church. That God may offend you sometimes because He wants to do something new, but it will never contradict His character.
Or who He says He is. It’s crazy because a lot of my choir members, they’re from the hood, you know and when they met Steve they’re like man this dude is different, you know me, yeah you know.
They were like man this dude is different. I said, well, you got to give people a chance. This is what- you got to learn that there’s not just one side of the kingdom for you. And I think the that’s, churches, all-
everybody’s in their own bubbles. And they, you know, they’re not realizing that there’s more parts to the kingdom than just what you’re doing in your own church.
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Joshua Swanson is the Editor-in-Chief of Worship Leader. He's also the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Authentic Media, Worship Leader's parent company, and the former CEO and Co-founder of the creative agency GTMA. His proudest achievement is his marriage to Rachael Joy and partnering with her in founding New Hope Children. As a performer and speaker, he’s appeared on TV networks like ABC, NBC, Lifetime, and Hallmark. His companies have worked with major brands like Sprint, Pokemon Go (he was also in a Pokemon movie), Pepsi, The Latin Grammys, the Billboard Awards, Corona and over 75 national developers. He’s narrated over a hundred audiobooks and was awarded Best YA Voice twice. His companies have been Inc. 5000 three different times.