“All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.”
Exodus 17:1 ESV
Throughout the book of Exodus, we can read the story of how God delivered the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh. We read of plagues, destruction, and famine occurring as a means to get Pharaoh’s attention, but to no avail. The ruler of Egypt was stubborn, and in his eyes, the fate of the Israelites had already been decided.
Most of us know how to story ends, and that is with the people of Israel being liberated and released from the hands of their captor.
While on their freedom march, the Israelites lamented numerous times over numerous issues. In the above scripture we can read that in this particular instance, their lament was because of a lack of drinking resources. This massive migration of people was guided by God, who was speaking through Moses, from destination to destination. God provided every time they lacked, yet this fear of provision appeared to be a recurring issue.
How many times do we surrender ourselves to the plan and purpose of God for our lives, yet still live in fear that God will not provide for us on that path? Too often we can become like the Israelites and get tunnel vision. It is difficult to look beyond our current circumstances to see what God is actually going to do. That being said, we must keep our perspective and remain focused on the character and wisdom of God.
Psalms 37:25 says this “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” We must too adopt this attitude of understanding God’s faithfulness. There will be situations that will arise where we cannot provide what is needed, yet I have come to learn that God does His best work in those moments.
Trust Him today, and lean on those everlasting arms.