Today’s Reading: Exodus 17:1-7
“They angered Him at the waters of Meribah …” – Psalm 106:32a
Got a quarrel with your pastor? Consider what happened to Moses. People’s stomachs were grumbling, so they did too. Free under God’s guidance, they questioned His presence, and forgot their groaning under slavery. Longing for Egypt, they rebelled against God and His spokesman. Quarrelling has consequences for everyone: “it went ill with Moses on their account, for they made his spirit bitter, and he spoke rashly with his lips” (Psalm 106:32b-33). God cut him no slack: “You broke faith with Me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, because you did not treat Me as Holy in the midst of the people of Israel” (Deuteronomy 32:51). Quarrelling does not befit pastors, who are to exercise gentleness and self-control (1 Timothy 1:2-3; 2 Timothy 2:23-25). Our Lord remains with His people, standing behind His shepherd, guiding us even now. Knowing this, His flock will heed His admonition: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Hebrews 13:17).
Prayer: Send, O Lord, Your Holy Spirit, On Your servant now, we pray; Let him prove a faithful shepherd That no lamb be led astray. Your pure teaching to proclaim, to extol Your Holy Name, and to feed Your lambs, dear Savior, make his aim and sole endeavor (Send, O Lord, Your Holy Spirit, LSB 681:1).
This devotion was written by Rev. Paul Nus – Pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Millersburg and Calvary Lutheran in Deep River.