Numbers 20:12 Trust God Enough To Honor Him

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But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:12

It is easy for a person to claim to honor someone, but it is a different thing to actually show that honor at all times. In order to show honor to someone, one must trust that person completely.

Most people will trust a person to a point, they do not trust completely in all things, at all times. There is usually a point of question where that trust breaks down. At that point honor for that person is dropped, there is no longer any trust.

After God had done many things in and through Moses in the process of bringing the people out of Egypt, Moses lets his trust down. God had told him to speak to the rock to bring water out of it. The people had been complaining about no water and that they were brought there to die. In anger at the people Moses struck the rock, rather than speaking to it as God had commanded.

Since he did not trust God enough to obey Him and honor Him in front of the people, there would be a price to pay. Moses would no longer be able to lead the people into the new land God had promised them.

While believers claim to believe in God and obey Him, there are times some will choose not to follow out all of God’s commands. They will allow their own feelings to rise up and not trust God, then choosing their own way to do something. Fear or anger often causes these actions.

As that is done, there can be consequences to the action of not honoring God’s word. God will take the person off of the path intended.

You must know that God always has your best interest in mind when He has you do something. No matter what you are feeling, you must act according to what He says.

God has great plans for you, but you can derail those plans by taking things into your own hands. Doing it your way, will dishonor God. Show the world that God is great, by doing what He asks you to do. This is the greatest honor you can give God.

I pray today that you will know what God asks of you; that you will trust God’s plans for you; that you will honor God with your trust and obedience; and that the world will see Jesus in and through you.

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Mark 15:17-20 Being Mocked

“They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.” Mark 15:17-20

It has come to the time that Jesus was betrayed, tried, and now was being prepared to be killed by crucifixion. They put a crown of thorns on His head, then started beating Him as they called Him a king of the Jews.

As all of this is happening, Jesus remains silent. He does not strike back. Remember, Jesus is the One who created the entire earth. He has the power to destroy the world, yet, He does not.

Jesus knows that there is a purpose for Him to go through the mocking and the death. That purpose was to do what God the Father wanted Him to do. That purpose was for you and me. It was to save you and me and everyone else in this world from sin.

If someone hurts you, either with words or physically, what is the first thing you do? For most people, it is to strike back, again, with words or physically. Some will use only words to strike, either directly at the person, or indirectly to others about that person. Others will physically strike back.

As a believer you are supposed to take a part in His death. Jesus even said that if you are mocked and persecuted for Him, you are blessed.

When someone does not treat you right how do you react? Did they treat you worse than they treated Jesus? Jesus reacted in love. Are you willing to respond in love?

Look to God for your strength. Trust that He is in control and knows what is happening. Do not take the matter into your own hands. God will take care of the other person in the best way possible.

By not striking back, you are God’s witness. Maybe that is just what that person needs to come to Jesus.

I pray today that God will give you strength to make the right choices; that you will trust God in bad situations; that you will not strike back at people; and that God will fill you with His love for all people.