“Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? they are almost ready to stone me.” Exodus 17:3-4
My first thought on this passage is, ‘I’ve been there, Moses!” I can’t help it, I just feel bad for the guy. He’s doing all the right things, and working hard at it and he just can’t seem to get support from his people. As soon as he solves one problem—like splitting the red sea in half and saving them from a chariot army—another problem rears its ugly head. The people are thirsty and they don’t seem to remember anything he’s ever done for them in the past. Honestly, this is just what leadership is like. So buck up Moses and all you leaders out there, this is what we signed up for. In the end there’s no room for self pity, but there is room for prayer. These are God’s people not Moses’ and it is God’s responsibility to give them water. Moses is just the middle man. Maybe that’s the leadership lesson here. Our job as leaders, whether it’s leading your family, or your staff, or your small group, is simply to bring your people’s needs to God. Then listen to the directions God gives, even if they seem silly. Take your staff, strike a rock and watch God do His miraculous work.