Once again, we encounter a rebellion against Moses. But we have to see Israel’s repeated lack of trust in Moses for what it really was—a lack of trust in God. This was their root problem. This was what had to be addressed over and over. Rebelling against Moses was merely the symptom. Rebelling against God was the disease needing to be cured.
While most of us may never be in charge of leading a massive group of hardhearted people through the wilderness, we are all called to take the message of the gospel to a world that wants nothing to do with it. Our job is simple: live the gospel; preach the gospel. But because the gospel is offensive, people will despise us. Like Moses, we must remember that it is not really us whom they despise and reject; it is Christ. And so, like Moses, but even more so like Christ, we must show compassion to the people we have been called to love and serve, and we must pray that through our kindness and perseverance they might be reached with the gospel we proclaim.
How does praying for people change the way you see them?