“...and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’ 4So Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ “ (Exodus 17:3-4)
I admire the honesty we find in the Bible; like in this account of the people who knew themselves to be God’s chosen people quarrelling with Moses. Moses - the very same guy they were convinced was chosen by God to lead them out of slavery and out of Egypt and “into the land of milk and honey.”
Only now Moses fears for his life at their hands.
And if they were to stone Moses? That’s not going to lead them to water, it’s just going to leave Moses dead – and put them in violation of the commandment “thou shall not murder.”
Their thirst threatens to separate them from God.
Sometimes we fall into the habit of letting “the way it is” determine our willingness to “see things the way they are” and that can put distance between God and us.
We’re half-way through the season of Lent, a time some of us Christians use to let go of habits, or at least suspend them in order to draw ourselves into newer and even deeper relationship with God.
God did quench the Israelites thirst from the least likely of places.
Likewise, God offers to quench our spiritual thirst by sending Jesus Christ to us from the least likely of places ("Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" John 1:46).
Join us Sundays at 10AM as we take a big thirst-quenching gulp and strive to see things the way God-in-Christ sees them.
Together We Serve,Pastor Mike