Revisiting: Living Water

I am finding out just how important it is for me to keep Christ in the forefront of my mind.  It's a day-to-day, hour-to-hour thing.  It helps me to reread some of my older posts to remind myself of the things God has shown me in the past.  I pray these words have meaning for you today, whether they are a revisit for you from a year and a half ago - to being new words for you today.

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He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions.  He brought you water out of hard rock. Deuteronomy 8:15

Have you ever read the story of the Exodus in the Bible and wondered at the Israelites reactions to the difficulties they faced?  God had done many miracles to get Pharaoh to allow them to leave Egypt.  He provided food for them in the form of manna as they traveled.  Yet, time and again, they grumbled and complained. 

I would think that with all God had done in the past, leading them through the desert, keeping them safe from the desert creatures, and even bringing water forth from a rock, that they would have learned not to doubt. Not once had God forsaken them.

How easy it is for me to sit here and say that.  Yet, what am I often guilty of?  Doubting God.  It’s easy to say, “Oh, yes … He did that for me in the past … but how do I know He will do _____________  (fill in the blank).  

I wonder if that is how the Israelites felt.  Yes, God had done great things.  But would He continue to do them?

It’s easy to judge the Israelites.  And just as easy to let myself off the hook.

You see, I often feel I am in the desert.  And I often feel it is a dry and parched land, with dangerous enemies surrounding me.  Do I trust Him to bring forth the much-needed water?  Do I truly expect that He will meet the need I am thirsting after?  

God answers us in such unlikely manners.  I doubt if the Israelites expected water to come gushing forth from a rock.  The times I doubt God the most, seem to be the times that I am waiting for the answer I expect, in the way I expect it to happen.

It usually doesn’t happen that way at all.

Today I pray for a faith for each of us that is more enduring than that of the Israelites – one that allows us to trust that our answers will come gushing forth from the most unexpected places.  

Can you imagine the look on the Israelites faces as they saw that much needed water? Water from a rock. What a wonderful illustration of the living water of Jesus Christ gushing forth to meet our spiritual needs– not only is He our own ‘living water’ – He is also the Rock from which it springs.

Father God, May we look to you today for answers to each need we have.  Help us to expect the unexpected and to trust that you will call forth the very things we need to quench our thirst for you.  Amen and amen.

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