Number One

Hits Rock | Devotion 3: Number One
Shawna Johnson  

Who is your number one? Who is your go-to? Or what is your go-to? When you are in trouble, when you are excited, or when you are down, think about what your first response is.

For me, it is usually my husband or one of my girlfriends; then after a while, I will be reminded that I need to go to God. Whether it be thanks, praise, or crying out in prayer, God is not always my first thought. I pray that through this devotion, with the help of each other, and being in God’s Word, we can be reminded that God should always be our Number One.

I am thankful for the life and stories of Moses. He was unsure of himself, and he needed reassurance, but He did not let himself or his fear get in the way of what God had for him. He led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, through the Red Sea, and further on their journey, often unsure of how to lead them or what to do.

Numbers 20:2-5 (NIV) says, “Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. They quarreled with Moses and said, ‘If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!’”

As we read about Moses and the Israelites journey, I am encouraged by Moses.

Numbers 20:6-8 (NIV) continues, “Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, ‘Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.’” 

Notice this passage of Scripture does not say Moses talked to Aaron about it, complained, or pouted about it, but that “Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown.”

Immediately he went to God.

Moses called upon the Lord, and the Lord not only heard him but responded to him. Moses would not have gotten anywhere had he tried to solve the problem on his own.

One of my favorite quotes came from DeeAnn Moshier, “His purpose will stand, and He will accomplish His plans with or without you.” Do you want to be part of what God is doing? Let us go to Him first, in both praise and concern, that He may use us as a blessing and encouragement to others. Holy Spirit, please help us to consider You first, that we would make You our Number One always.

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