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 Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink. 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?” 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?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do to this people? A little more and they will stone me.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. He named the place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us, or not?”
Exodus 17: 1-7
Can you imagine what was going through Moses’s mind when God told him to strike a rock for water? The Israelites were griping against God while Moses pleaded with God for help. Not too long before this, the people of Israel saw the power of God when He delivered them from Egypt and parted the Red Sea for them to cross over safely. He had been providing for their needs, yet they were so quick to forget His provisions. How often does this happen in our own lives?
Lately, I have been examining my quiet time with God and have realized that I often forget how powerful our God truly is! I want to believe that God is able to hear all my prayers and act according to His will, but there are times when I doubt His promises. Just like the Israelites, I complain to God because I often lose sight of how big and great He really is. In times like this, I find it helpful to go to His word for reassurance and guidance. The story above speaks volumes of God’s great power. God could have easily led His people to an area where water was readily available, but He chose not to. Instead, He chose to send water out of a dry rock. Perhaps by doing this, God was showing the people how to experience His true power over all things, including nature.
There are countless stories in the Bible that display God’s mighty power. We serve an omnipotent God who is all knowing and all powerful. He is worthy of all honor and praise, and yet we as humans often fail to recognize this. David recognized God’s power when he prayed,
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
1 Chronicles 29:11
God could have chosen a number of ways to provide water for the Israelites in the wilderness, but He chose to provide it in a way where no one could doubt His true power.
If you’re like me and struggle at times with recognizing God’s goodness, I encourage you to be honest with Him. Spend time on your knees asking Him for guidance. Instead of trying to find water on his own, Moses went to God and pleaded with Him. This is a great example for us as believers when we struggle. Tell God about your doubts and allow Him to lead you in the right path. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you through His word and trust that He will guide you in the right direction.