Have you ever been thirsty? Have you ever been so thirsty that your life actually depended upon it? The story is told in Exodus 17 about the Jews when they were extremely thirsty. It says in verse 1 'there was no water for the people to drink.' That's a legitimate problem. They had a real need. It's not as if they were craving for Coca-Cola or Sweet Ice Tea or something! They needed water! They had a problem. You and I encounter such needs and problems in life.
Well, they took their problem to their leader, but it says that they 'contended' (vs. 2) with Moses and were about ready to stone him to death! To say that they didn't handle their problem well is to make an understatement! If we are being honest, sometimes we respond more like them than we'd care to admit.
Moses did what Moses so often did. He took it to God in prayer. He could've stayed and fought and argued with the people. But, Moses prayed. Moses is a great example to us. Have you prayed about your problem? Have you prayed with faith?
The Jews had just seen God deliver them from Egypt. They saw the plagues and saw God part the Red Sea. But, they sure forgot very quickly when they became thirsty. Truthfully, you and I get forgetful also. Let's not be forgetful. Let's recall today how GOOD AND GREAT our God is to us!
We can rest assured that God is interested in meeting our needs. He's our Shepherd (Psalm 23) and our Father in Heaven who desires to give good things to His children (Matthew 7:11).
Consider these verses:
James 4:2-4 "Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures."
Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Let's take our problems to our gracious God in prayer. Plenty of times in life we face problems that we can't handle or fix on our own. But, God can!
And friends, our greatest problem in life is with sin. Sin is an offense to God and seperates us from Him. You and I could never handle it or fix this sin problem on our own. But, God could and God did by sending Jesus to the earth to die on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. It's not about us 'achieving' anything with God. It's about 'receiving' Jesus and the salvation that He offers.
If God has fixed that problem for you, can't you trust Him with the rest of the problems? Something to ponder. Pray for me and for WBC. Pray for souls. Pray that we'll stir the baptismal waters real soon.