READ ABOUT IT: Numbers 20:1-13
Moses probably didn't think it was a big deal. After all, the people were complaining they were thirsty, Moses took his staff, hit the rock twice, and God flowed water from the rock. The only problem is that God told Moses to speak to the rock--not hit it.
The other issue that we can see in this story is that the Israelites were suffering in the wilderness, and complaining...a lot. They were hungry and thirsty. When God showed them a land 'flowing with milk and honey' (Numbers 13), they said that the people living in it were bigger and stronger than they were. Their life was more difficult than most, and they grumbled and complained. They even said it would have been better for God to have left them in Egypt as slaves!
Truth is, God had a plan for them. It was going to take a lot longer than expected (God punished them for 40 years of wandering because of their lack of trust), but the promised land was a generation away. By the time their children were grown, they would have a much better life.
TALK ABOUT IT:
God answers prayers. He even answers grumbling (although if I'm honest, I have trouble responding to my own kids when they are whining all the time). Even though we ask for his guidance and trust that He will provide, we often forget to complete the communication: by giving thanks.
You see, He's present when we pray for that first day of school, surrounding our teachers, staff, and students with His hedge or protection. God is there when we have close calls in our cars, and he's even there when there is an unexplainable medical diagnosis or treatment.
Thank Him. Recognize that He was there, and that He answers your prayers. If you have trouble remembering all that you have been praying for, keep a prayer journal and go back every so often to see just how God has responded and acted on our behalf.
PRAY ABOUT IT:
God, thank you for hearing us when we speak, grumble, and need your guidance. Allow us to listen to your voice and trust in you above all things. In Jesus' name, amen.