April10, 2019

WATER FROM THE ROCK

Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink.  Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.” So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?”  And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!”  And the Lord said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go.  Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.  So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”(Exodus 17:1-7).

Well at each point of this journey there seems to be lack of one thing or the other. The journey through the wilderness of course is an uphill task and all that they have witnessed are not unexpected because a wilderness is a like a desert with nothing good in it. But it is in this wilderness that God first called Moses to send him to Egypt to deliver His people from the hand of Pharaoh. He told him that when they are finally set free from the hand of Pharaoh, they would worship Him on this same mountain. God that ordained their journey this way wanted them to build a relationship with Him, like a son to a father, so that they could depend on Him completely, learning to know Him intimately, and trusting that He loves them so much in whatever situation they face. They have encountered some challenges on this their journey and He had solved them but not without complaints and regrets for leaving Egypt. Their reaction to their challenges showed that they did not yet understand who God is and what He is able to do. Neither did they know how much He loves them. The fact that they were not getting everything they needed on a platter of gold was an indication that God was not with them anymore, so they thought.

But surely God loves them but each trial they are exposed to revealed that they are yet to appreciate God for who He is and for all that He did to set them free from the hand of Egyptians. Each trial was a test and each time they failed. The above text showed they wanted to stone Moses and Aaron for lack of water to drink. They did not even believe that God was with them anymore. But God surprised them by bringing water from the rock. Another miracle of God. Will this now put their mind at rest that God is with them and He would always meet them at the point of their needs. We will continue to walk with them through their journey and may be we too can learn one or two lessons from their endless complaints. My own lesson up to this point is that God’s love is unshakable and unconditional which makes me to appreciate Him more for His patience with us. Psalm 103 says He does not visit us according to our sins nor reward us according to our iniquities.. Therefore we should endeavor to do what God says in Philippians 4:6-7 which says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

So brothers and sisters, we will always go through something in life, but whatever it is, God is there to see us through. He will never leave us nor forsake us. May we find comfort and peace in the God that can sustain us through the life’s journey. Let us put all our trust in Him and He will show up for us at His own appointed time. God bless you.

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