Moses was such a great man of God that God spoke to him face to face. “So the Lordspoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend,” is what the Bible says inExodus 33:11 (NKJV) (see also Num. 12:8 and Deut. 34:10). Please note that this is saidof Moses 16 chapters after the events concerning the water at the rock, after Moses’ sin.So, what was it that would cause such a great man of God to sin in this way?The answer is the very same thing that gets to us as Christians today – pressure on the job, stress in our life. Moses in Exodus 17:2 says to the people who were complaining,“Why do you contend with me?” The very next verse, verse 3, says, “the peoplecomplained against Moses”, and it gets so bad that in verse 4 Moses says to God, “Whatshall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!” That is pressure on the job. When Moses says they are almost ready to stone me we should not think that he isspeaking figuratively but stoning was a real possibility if things did not soon get better.The Psalmist says with regards to this event, (Psalms 106:32-33 ESV), “They angeredhim (God – DS) at the waters of Meribah, and it went ill with Moses on their account, for they made his spirit bitter, and he spoke rashly with his lips.” Moses grew angry and bitter at the people and spoke rashly out of passion rather than calmly with forethoughtand failed to give God the glory. When we speak in the heat of passion there is seldomany good that can come out of it.I have used Moses as an example for us today for how often it is that Christians findthemselves in very high stress situations, under all kinds of pressure, and the result is thatwe too end up like Moses and sin under the stress. What kinds of sin? A whole host of sins could be mentioned, here are a few. We begin to put God on the back burner andgive him second place in our lives feeling that there is just not enough time to doeverything. Attendance at worship services begin to lag, Bible reading ceases, prayer time diminishes, there is no time for good works, we begin doing whatever it is that isrequired of us to stay in good standing in our job even if it means sacrificing our Christian life. It is easy to eventually end up as a Christian drop out.This can happen and it does happen all of the time. The more professional your job, themore responsibility you have, the more of an executive position you hold the tougher it becomes. Expectations are so great and the kinds of people we often work with are far from having Christian character, just the opposite, and it makes it very difficult to surviveas a Christian. With all the attempts to get the most out of the least it seems abouteveryone is under pressure on the job no matter what position they hold – blue collar or white collar.I want to say there are no easy answers to these kinds of situations that we find ourselvesin. I heard one preacher say words to the effect that we can quit. Yes, and then what?Will the next job be any better? This is America 2008. If there are any stress free jobs inour country today I do not know where or what they are. We cannot herd sheep. Whatcan we do then?