Google+ 11/11/13 God is the Only One Who Can Get Water From a Stone!

Exodus 17:5-7

 

The Lord said to Moses, “Walk out in front of the people.

Take your staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile,

And call some of the elders of Israel to join you.

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?”

 

In part thirteen of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" Moses is recounting a faith experience that we all could learn from today.  God had freed His people from the bondage of slavery and removed them from Pharaoh's land.  God had protected them as they took refuge in the wilderness and had defeated their enemies.  Each person had witnessed the miracles that God had done for them, first hand.  So, the Israelites were eternally grateful, right?  Absolutely not!!!  They were complaining.  First it was about not having enough food.  In today's scripture, it is about not having any water.  Most importantly, they were asking a question that many of us have probably asked in our lives.  Is the Lord here with us or not?  How quickly the Israelites forgot.  God had delivered them from certain death.  He protected and provided for them at every turn.  Of course God was with them.  When adversity strikes our lives, the normal human tenancy is to ponder whether God has forsaken us.  God has promised us that He will never leave or forsake us.  The only time we become separated from God is when WE choose separation.  Yes, I said that out loud!  God has given us the ability to choose intimacy or separation with or from Him.  If we feel alone, it is probably safe to say that we have created separation.  Many things create this negative environment.  Jealousy, anger, fear, rage, selfishness, pride, and envy are just of few of Satan's tools to help separate us from the love of God.  Please remember that God never stops loving us.  We are the ones who walk away.  If any of these emotions have separated you from the love of God, experience the miracle of water as Moses strikes the rock right in front of us.  "God is the Only One Who Can Get Water From a Stone!"