“Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water.” Numbers 20:8. God told Moses to strike a rock with his staff (Exodus 17:6), and when he obeyed water gushed out. Many years later Moses did the thing that worked before, but this time it was the wrong thing to do. God had told him to speak to the rock this time, not strike it. Sometimes in exhaustion or exasperation, we don’t pay close attention to God. We assume He will always work the same way. But He doesn’t. Sometimes He tells us to act; sometimes He tells us to speak; sometimes He tells us to wait. That is why we must always be careful to listen before we take action. Listen – then obey.