This is the chapter where everyone is discouraged. The people are discouraged because God has made a promise, but is not moving fast enough for what they want – things are getting worse before they get better. The people are mad at Moses and Aaron, and God. Why doesn’t Moses lift up their spirits and encourage them? Why not remind them that they are serving the great and powerful God? Because Moses himself is discouraged.
Moses repeats the complaint he already gave God – I am not a good speaker. God listens, and does not give simple or trite answers. He listens. And He has a plan.
Moses is discouraged, and this is a reminder to me that one of the MOST important things is for me to stay encouraged as a leader. If we are to truly follow the Lord, it will be hard at times. Life itself is hard and discouraging. I need to stay encouraged in Christ so that I can pass on that encouragement to others, to those I am trying to lead closer to God. We stay encouraged (including Moses) from the promises of God, from trusting in Him, even when He seems to be “late”. We stay encouraged by not doing too much, but enjoying life, working hard, resting, filling up with prayer and God’s Word, and being surrounded by those we love. Then we have life from God, and life to pour out into others.