We see that “The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.” Exodus 33:11
In chapter 9 of numbers, we see the priests come to Moses with a question. As a leader, Moses could have based his answer on his considerable knowledge and previous experience. The Lord had even passed down law concerning this situation (cleanliness when presenting an offering)-albeit this was a ‘special circumstance’ (the Passover). He could have made a long speech full of pious words giving reason for his answer. He even could have come across as very wise but also very ambiguous-leaving the priests to interpret for themselves.
I have sought wise counsel before in difficult situations and, on occasion, I’ve been so utterly confused afterwards I was paralyzed as to what the next step should be! Anyone else been there? In some instances, it is difficult enough just to humble ourselves in order to ask for advice. There are few things more discouraging than seeking answers and finding none.
Back to Moses: Even after spending so much time with the Lord, receiving instruction and learning just how Holy God is, Moses didn’t have all the answers. When he was approached, look at his response:
Moses therefore said to them, “Wait, and I will listen to what the Lord will command concerning you.” (Numbers 9:8)
No matter how much time I spend in leadership, no matter how much time I spend with the Lord, I must remember: I do not have all the answers. Father, keep me humble!! When others come to me for answers, may I listen to You. I pray for the leaders in my life. When the time comes, may they be humble enough to say “I don’t know”.
Thank You, Father, for your Word. Thank you for the way it still teaches truth, applies to us today, and changes lives. Praise the One who has all the answers.
“But certainly God has heard;He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.” Psalm 66:19