The big difference between one leader and another is in hearing from God. When you are confronted with conflicts what do you do? In today’s passage, Moses heard God. That brought the solution to the feisty Israelites. Children learn very early to recognized their parents voices. A Yale baby study says that the maternal voice is audible in utero. When born, they continue to prefer their mothers voice above every other female voices. Some think that if children are crying, a mother is usually able to pick the child’s voice among the cacophony of noises. That ability develops because of the closeness between the mother and the child. A child of God must learn how to recognise God’s voice. In 1Sam.3:1-10, we have the experience of Samuel as he learns to hear God. The question has always been: how do I know its Gods voice I hear. Today we have the Bible, which is a sure word. Anything we hear must not contradict the Bible. John 10:27 says Gods sheep hears His voice. When we do what Moses did, spending time with God, He will lead us in several ways. Moses had a divine direction. In that situation, hear God first. He will be waiting to give you an answer, standing on the rock. They got their water, Moses got the leadership. May you hear from God.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. Exodus 17:5-6 KJV