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?”
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 difficulty or trouble. Nevertheless, no amount of difficulty or trouble prohibits the Lord’s presence.
In our devotional passage, the children of Israel were in a place where they questioned if God was with them. How often do we question or doubt the Lord’s presence?
There is something about being in need that activates or deactivates our faith. The children of Israel needed water and, because of their need and the seeming lack of a potential solution, they complained, argued with and made accusations against Moses.
The passage says, ‘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?’
The writer of the passage uses language that reflects the people’s dissatisfaction with Moses and it was a direct challenge to Yahweh since He called Moses.
Wow! Get this, the Children of Israel are complaining and arguing with Moses and demanding that he give them water while eating manna from God. Yes, that is right, they are experiencing God’s bountiful blessings and at the same time harassing the man of God and challenging God because they have no water to drink.
While experiencing the goodness of God and His miraculous provision, why are they worrying because there is no water? Who does that? Surely, the God Who provided manna from heaven could provide water.
Question: Do you have a complaint against God although you are enjoying His bountiful blessings?
Lord, thank You for Your blessings, we enjoy and appreciate all You do for us, Amen.