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. 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.”
In a Golf a mulligan is a stroke that doesn’t count. You botch up a shot and you call a mulligan. I’m wondering if the Lord wasn’t prepared to give Moses a mulligan. What if he had just struck the rock once and then repented? But he didn’t. He stayed consistent with his sinful self, struck the rock a second time, because that’s how it worked last time, and his disobedience and dishonoring of God cost him the promised land. Whether or not Moses had a chance at a mulligan with God, you and I sure do. It’s called grace. If you are in the midst of something you know is not right, don’t keep at it. Stop. Repent. God is leaning as far forward as He can without violating His own integrity. He wants you to succeed with Him. That’s why He sent none other than Jesus Himself. And He prepared that promised land for you. Imagine His disappointment in having to keep Moses, of all people, from it. Go to Jesus today and take the mulligan. Don’t strike that rock a second time.
Lord Jesus, catch me before I go too far away from You in my thinking and living. I need Your holy restraint in my life. Limit me, as well as forgive me, so that I can live for You and walk into every Promised Land with You. Amen.