I will stand before you on the rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come gushing out. Then the people will be able to drink.” So Moses struck the rock as he was told, and water gushed out as the elders looked on. Moses named the place Massah (which means “test”) and Meribah (which means “arguing”) because the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord here with us or not?”
EXODUS 17:6-7 NLT
God brought the Israelites to this place that had no water on purpose (v.1). He knew exactly what He was doing. Once again, the people would complain to Moses about the circumstances. Once again, as with many times before, God would demonstrate His supernatural power “… with a gush…” He instructed Moses to bring everyone along, first the leaders and elders. Everyone would be witness to and again be reminded that He would provide.
When I find myself in a very difficult, fearful or painful place, do I look to the Lord first, trusting that he will show me how He wants me to grow and trust Him with the circumstance; knowing full well that He has brought me to it or is allowing it? Or, do I strategize a solution, allow myself to be consumed with hopelessness complaining to Him and others around me, hoping the situation changes?
Lord, prompt me to look first to you when things get tough and scary knowing that I can trust You to provide exactly what I need, exactly when I need it and to endure and grow more reliant on You. Cut off any root of doubt, human reason or self-reliance that will distract me from completely trusting you in absolutely every situation. Open my eyes to see your gushing provision. Amen.
Kerri Cole, First Impressions/Nursery/Connection Group Leader