“Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?”
Moses was certainly a man whom God used greatly. There is no person whom God used to lead such a large amount of people like He did with Moses. It was Moses who God used to help bring the plagues upon the land of Egypt and to bring Israel out of Egypt. It was Moses to whom God spoke to give the children of Israel their guidance. It was Moses who God used to part the Red Sea and deliver the people from the hand of Pharaoh. How could Moses not be admired and respected in the eyes of these people after all these things?
However, the danger of lifting up the man of God to such high esteem that you believe it was he who did all the works is discovered in the verse above. When the people had no water to drink, they blamed Moses for this lack of water as if he could somehow provide water. The verse above says, “Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink.” Instead of blaming Moses for the lack of water, they should have gone to God just like Moses would have done to ask Him for water. If these people would have gotten as close to God as their leader did, they would have never become bitter or murmured in their lack, but they would have gone to God to get their provisions met.
Many believers find themselves in the same shoes of the children of Israel in that they lift their preacher up to such a status that when things don’t go their way, they begin to murmur and complain about the Christian way. My friend, the Christian life or the preacher are not to blame for your lack in life, but your lifestyle and prayer life are the blame. If you prayed to God as your preacher prays, you would find that you could get the same answers from God as he does. God is not more of a respecter of your preacher than you, but He will answer your prayer just like He answers the prayer of your preacher.
Moreover, you could get the same guidance from God about what to do in life like your preacher does if you would go to the Word of God like he does. Your preacher may present great truths from God’s Word that helps you in your time of need, but you could get the same help from God in His Word if you spent the same amount of time in the Scriptures as he does. God’s Word is not just for the preacher, but His Word is for every believer. God wants to guide you through His Word, but He can’t guide you if you don’t spend time in His Word for the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom and guidance you need for every situation you face.
Furthermore, you could see God do the same works through you as your preacher does if you stepped out in faith like he does. God wants to do great works through you just like He does through your preacher, but you must step out in faith for God to do those works. God’s great works are not just reserved for men of God, but they are available to every person who chooses to step out and live by faith.
Let me ask you; do you find yourself lifting your preacher up to such a status that you depend on Him for your spiritual nourishment and blessings? If you do, you are setting yourself up to become a bitter believer. Let me remind you that your preacher is just a man whom God uses, and His God wants to use you if you will look to Him and obey Him like your preacher does.