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 17:7 NASB
We good Christians don’t say this out loud. We don’t test the Lord this way, do we?
Do we question the Lord’s promise never to leave us or forsake us when circumstances press in?
Does our heart secretly mummer against the one who promised to dwell within?
Has your heart cried out against God when you found your self in a dry and thirsty land with no water?
Have you said with Israel of old, why did you bring us out of Egypt, out of the world, to let us die here in the wilderness?
When Israel cried out for water, the Almighty sent Moses out to strike the Rock. Out of that Rock flowed water to satisfy the millions of Jews in the wilderness.
That Rock was Christ (so Paul tells the Corinthians.) He is the source of living water.
The implication is that when thirst threatens to overwhelm us, overwhelm you, overwhelm me, I need only go to Christ and drink.
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" - John 7:37-38 NASB
Jesus gives us this promise - not only will He give us the water we need for life, but He will make us a source of living water.
Paul tells us that Jesus is the Rock that Moses struck in the wilderness, out of which flowed the a river of living water to quench the thirst of the multitudes. Jesus tells us we can be (little “r”) rocks, connecting other to that same source of living water.
Come to Jesus today. Bring your ugly circumstances and lay them down at His feet. Don’t tempt the Lord by questioning His presence in your life. Press in to Him with personal worship and adoration. Listen at His feet.
Thanks for coming by today.
Let the river flow through you - the world is thirsty.