Is The Lord Among Us, Or Not—Day 5

By on Mar 9, 2018 in Is The Lord Among Us. Or Not? |

Is The Lord Among Us, Or Not—Day 5 Exodus 17: 1-7 As we conclude this week’s devotional, we cannot help but notice how God answered Israel’s request using a very unlikely source—a rock. It is awesome to see how God does not need what man believes is necessary to accomplish what is necessary to sustain us. Think about this for a moment. God caused water to flow from a rock, tsûwr, tsoor; which means a compact solid mass. In other words, the rock brought forth what did not initially exist. It is like getting electricity from a tree in the middle of the wilderness, or receiving a delicious meal from sand on a deserted island. What comfort, what hope of knowing whenever the Lord is among us, He is all we need. However, the challenge for most of us is to never forget Who is with us and what He has done to bring us to the present. God does not lead us out on a journey only to...

Is The Lord Among Us, Or Not—Day 4

By on Mar 8, 2018 in Is The Lord Among Us. Or Not? |

Is The Lord Among Us, Or Not—Day 4 Exodus 17: 1-7 While living in Denver, I was often fascinated to see new housing developments in barren places. Although they started out as dirt heaps and empty spaces, I watched the new communities come to fruition. By the time the development reached its final stage, it was beautiful. What was once a blemish or barrenness had beautiful homes with green grass and streets lined with trees. Being in a dry climate, many of those new developments were supported by irrigation systems that channeled water into the communities. Because of the dryness, no matter where a new community was developed, it had to be close enough to a water supply for the sprinklers to keep everything green. As I meditated on this passage, I thought of how fortunate we are to have a God, who is His own water supply. Not only does He supply His own water, but God has taken care of...

Is The Lord Among Us, Or Not?—Day 3

By on Mar 7, 2018 in Is The Lord Among Us. Or Not? |

Is The Lord Among Us, Or Not?—Day 3 Exodus 17: 1-7 “But the people thirsted there for water; and they grumbled against Moses and said, why, now have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”  As believers, one thing we should always have is hope. Despite what circumstances may look like or even may be, we live with an anticipation of God assisting us in solving our problems. In spite of the many miraculous blessings Israel experienced with God, it is amazing to see how easy it was for them to grumble, complain and speak with defeatist language. “Why would God bring us here to die” is what the people said. The writer of the text says, the people were brought to a place without drinkable water. Like so many of us, when they could not see the solution they began to doubt if it could be done. To the people the question is, ‘Where...

Is The Lord Among Us, Or Not?—Day 2

By on Mar 6, 2018 in Is The Lord Among Us. Or Not? |

Is The Lord Among Us, Or Not?—Day 2 Exodus 17: 1-7 “Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by stages from the wilderness of Sin, according to the command of the Lord, and camped at Rehidim, and there was no water for the people to drink.”  Let us begin today’s devotional meditating on this thought: We are in a place with limited resources; yet, the Lord is the One who brought us here. I have learned that we are not often capable of judging accurately if we only follow God based on how things appear to be going or what we have. If our basis for discovering whether or not God is with us is determined by how things appear to be going, we are certain to be off-target far more than we think. Nevertheless, countless numbers of us have found ourselves in a place we did not plan and moving at a pace we did not prefer only to learn it was God’s precise...

Is The Lord With Us, Or Not?

By on Mar 5, 2018 in Is The Lord Among Us. Or Not? |

Is The Lord With Us, Or Not? Exodus 17: 1-7 “Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said to them, why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?”  I have had the privilege of serving as a minister for thirty-five years and a senior pastor for eighteen years. A question I have often heard  is, “Is the Lord really with me?” It is good to know that, as God’s children, there is no place we can go and the Lord not be with us. The Scripture records in Isaiah 43: 2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.” There is no place we can go and the Lord not be present. So often we question the Lord’s presence, particularly during times of...