It has been our tradition on the Voice of Scouting to post inspiring Scout messages based on the Scout Law for twelve days leading up to Christmas Day. The first day of the 12 days of a Scout Christmas reminds us that a Scout is trustworthy.
Being Trustworthy and Remembering to Trust in Times of Difficulty
When Moses wanted to lead the Israelites out of the land of the Egyptians, it was easy for these suffering people to trust Moses— after all, anywhere Moses would lead them to would be better than the bondage they were suffering from at that moment.
However, once the people became thirsty, not being able to drink the bitter waters of Marah, they immediately distrusted and murmured against Moses saying, “What shall we drink?” The people were appeased after Moses cried unto the Lord and was instructed to dip a small tree into the water, which then made the water sweet and drinkable.
But appeasing the Israelites only lasted a moment. Even though Moses would pray to the Lord and the Israelites would be given sustenance each time, the Israelites continued to murmur at the first sign of discomfort and never learned how to trust fully in the Lord or His prophet.
The story of Moses and the Israelites’ wonderings through the wilderness exemplifies the dual meaning of the word trustworthy. A Scout is supposed to be trustworthy, like Moses— whom the Lord trusted so much that He called Moses to lead his people and even trusted him enough to give him special powers to bless the Israelites.
Each time the people complained and worried about not having food or water, Moses displayed faith in the Lord by calling upon His name each time for help, keeping him a trustworthy servant. Scouts should also always show that they remain trustworthy by remaining faithful and making the right choices in such challenging times, even if they are tempted to break the rules or take the easy way out. By remaining honorable in times of doubt, Scouts show that they are worthy to be trusted by both leaders and peers at all times.
Not only did Moses show that he was a trustworthy leader by calling upon the Lord’s name in faith, Moses also shows how important it is for us to remember to trust. Moses could have doubted and complained against the Lord just as the Israelites had, but instead he chose to pray in faith to God and ask for help. A Scout not only has to be trustworthy, but it is also important for Scouts to trust, such as trusting in the advice, counseling and teachings of their leaders, mentors and instructors. If a Scout doubts their leaders’ advice and doesn’t follow it, they may injure themselves or others—or, just miss out on opportunities that could have come from taking good advice.
Because Moses showed the Lord he was trustworthy, the Lord knew Moses was worthy to perform His miracles and bless His people. And, because Moses chose to trust and not doubt the Lord, he was able to turn to the Lord, take instruction from him, and be an instrument in working many miracles.
Scouts, likewise, can do much good this Christmas season by showing others they can be trusted so others can turn to them for help, such as with a service project or even for comfort. People are more likely to ask you for help, and you can make many miracles happen if you are known to be a trustworthy Scout.
For the next twelve days, visit the Voice of Scouting to find inspiring Christmas messages based on the twelve points of the Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.