No Second Chance (Part 2): Anger Management


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, emphasis added)

Moses:        O, Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or in earth who can do the deeds and the might works you do?
Moses:        Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan-that fine hill country and Lebanon.
The LORD: That is enough. Do not speak to me anymore about this matter. Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross over Jordan.

(Deuteronomy 3:23-29)

By the waters of Meribah they angered the Lord, and trouble came to Moses because of them; for they rebelled against the Spirit of God and rash words came from Moses’ lips.” (Psalm 106:32-33, emphasis added)

This post is basically a continuation of what we had seen previously:

At this time, the new generation of Israelites had grown up. The first generation had perished in the desert during 40 years of punishment of wandering in the wilderness. This second generation of Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land. Yet, in the occasion described in Numbers 20, they complained against Moses because there was no water to drink. The LORD told Moses: “Speak to the rock.” Yet, Moses in his rage hit the rock twice with his staff. Apparently Aaron agreed with Moses’ action. Although water did gush out, God punished Moses and Aaron: they could never enter into Promised Land…

It is difficult to be Moses. For 40 years he had to endure complaint, murmuring, whining and sulking from the entire nation. In the occasion above, he could no longer endure them; his patience went zero. He gave in to his rage: spoke rashly and did not trust God enough. As a consequence, he forfeited his reward: 40 years of hard work was forfeited in just one moment.

Moses prayed and prayed… and prayed some more.. and prayed some more. Still, God did not give him second chance…

The first generation of Israelites did not get second chance after their disobedience.
Moses did not get second chance after giving in to his rage.

How do we manage anger? At least, we should not speak nor act first. Sometimes, our words and action in rage are the foolish things in the world. Let’s wait until our head cools down then we speak and act.

Again, sometimes there is no second chance in life. So, don’t let our guard down against disobedience and rage, ok?

Posted February 25, 2011 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Uncategorized

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