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."
Moses and Aaron eventually fell into the same condition as their generation. They failed to believe and trust God. In the waters of Meribah Moses chose to display his anger dramatically. He made it more important than strict obedience to God’s command. That is why this swift sentence came upon them. It was a horrible offense against a wise and holy God. When you read Moses’ speech in front of the rock, it is clear he has his personal interests at heart, more than God’s holiness.
Spiritual leadership can experience the same difficulty today. It is so easy to let personal feelings and emotions get in the way of obeying God’s call. And if we are not careful, we will certainly draw attention away from the God we are supposed to be leading people to know, love, and understand.
I know there have been times in my ministry service where I have miserably failed by drawing attention to my own personality or feelings. It is easy to do. People like the drama. They will be drawn to entertainment and entertaining them can be easy and lucrative (see Benny Hinn), but any time celebrity personality is enjoined with God, true worship is lost, gone, outta’ there! Really. Let’s stay away from developing any kind of Christian celebrity culture. Let’s draw near to God!