Refreshment for Desperate Times

The Israelite camp, of more than two million people, have been wandering in the desert with no water to be found, everyone’s thirst is becoming so unbearable they are ready to stone Moses.  (Exodus 17:3-4) For them in the desert, it would be hard not to be mindful of water: When will I get my next drink? How much will I get to drink? How long will it be able to hold me until I have access to water again? 

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It’s no real surprise that tensions ran high when you consider you can’t realistically go more than three days without water in the desert. Also,  I’m sure people wondered if Moses came across water, how could more than two million of them be guaranteed even a couple of sips with that many people, when  they all desperately craved a good, long, drink? Valid concerns, but if we do not take our worrisome thoughts captive, bringing them into obedience to Christ, we will soon find ourselves in despair as the Israelites did. Only God could answer and provide for their concerns. How they would be sustained until they could find water, get their fill of water, and be sustained again in the desert until the next provision of water only God knew. “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) God would be faithful to sustain them and provide for them over and over again. 

Responding to Desperate Times

Notice how the Israelites respond to their desperate circumstances. They go straight to Moses, their leader, and begin quarreling, complaining, and demanding water as if Moses had a secret stash of water, or miraculously could make water on demand. This showed me the folly of running to people for solutions rather than to God. Not that God can’t and doesn’t use people to help others with their problems. He certainly does use men and women of God in mightily to minister to others. The thing is, are we running to those people first when we have a problem, or are we following after Moses godly example and wasting no time crying out to the Lord (Ex.17:4) and seeking His wisdom and counsel on a matter? (James 1:5)

Moses could have wasted his time venting to Joshua, or asked Joshua what he thought Moses should do about the thirsty mob threatening murder,  but Moses understood the perfection of God’s way—and knew whatever he was going to do to satisfy this restless crowd had to be perfect. Today I gave my little girl her weekly memory verse, “As for God, His way is perfect.”  (2 Sam. 22:31) I explained because God’s way is perfect, we should always go to Him first whenever we don’t know which way to go, or know what to do. We may look to other people for help, and that’s OK, but their help won’t be perfect. So if we go to God first and do what the Bible says to do about our problem, we’ll know we are handling it perfect because “As for God, His way is perfect.” 

And as Jehovah-Jireh, He was faithful to provide the much needed and longed for water the people so desperately craved.  (Exodus 17:6) Even while they were faithless, God remained faithful, as He is also faithful to do in our lives as well. (2 Timothy 2:13)

Because water is so readily available, and I never wonder where my next drink of water will come from, I can’t imagine the maddening thirst that would drive the Israelites to the brink of stoning Moses—or what so many people around the world go through daily who do not have drinking water available where they live. Unimaginable. 

Staying Hydrated with the Living Water

While I can’t relate to physical thirst to that extreme, the Lord showed me what my life could look like if I am not diligent to drink often, and drink deeply from the Word. Without daily hydration from the Living Water, my life will start becoming parched and dry. And unless I quickly rehydrate with the Word, the heat of trials will surely cause me to wither and become unfruitful.   

If  physically hydration is a basic necessity to sustain our life and provide us health and energy, how much more essential is it that we keep ourselves well-hydrated with the Living Water, and do all we can to prevent dehydration especially in the spiritually “summer months” when we are going through a season of fiery trials. Just as the hotter our weather gets the more we need to drink up, and strive to stay hydrated—the hotter the circumstances of our life gets , all the more we need to drink from the Word, and strive to stay hydrated with the Living Water. When we do we will be like the beautiful tree in Jeremiah 17:8 that is not afraid when heat comes and remains at peace even in the year of drought.  


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For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Question for you: How do you keep yourself hydrated with the Word, especially when life heats up with fiery trials? 

 

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24 comments:

  1. Read it daily, whether I "feel like it" or not! Saturate my mind with it's truth, so when the dry spells hit, I already have it close to my heart.
    Thanks for linking this up today - great reminder for this week!

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    1. Beautifully said, Elizabeth! "Read it daily, whether I "feel like it" or not! Saturate my mind with it's truth..." Abiding in the Word is a discipline to be sure, but oh how blessed we are when we are diligent to be in the Word whether we feel like it or not and get in a good soak. God bless you weekend abundantly!

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  2. Oh Praise God that when we are lost in the dessert of despair he is there to offer us a drink of water and help us up

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    1. Praise God, indeed! I love how you put it, "when we are lost in the desert of despair he is there to offer us a drink of water and help us up." He is there in our despair. I love it! Our ever present help in times of trouble.(Psalm 46:1) Thanks for the invite to your blog. I look forward to visiting! God bless you mightily!

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  3. Thank you for the lovely encouragement - it does so often feel we are wandering in a spiritual desert. Praise God for His constant and continual presence and provision.

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    1. Thanks, Kaye! Yes, we are so blessed for God's "constant and continual presence and provision." Praise the Lord! God bless you lots!

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  4. Faithful to provide. How Jehovah Jireh has been faithful to provide for me, too. Spiritually, physically, emotionally....so many ways. Thank you, Brooke, for an encouraging post.

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    1. Thanks, Pamela! Yes, He is so faithful to provide! God bless you abundantly!

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  5. Jehovah Jireh is one of my favorite names of God... I suppose becaseuw e see His hand before us so much in our lives.... in the big and ltitel things... praise His holy name that His faithfulness endures forever... lovely post!

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    1. Thanks, Schotzy! It's one of my favorite names of God! So comforting to know that when everything seems to be going wrong, He will provide. It's more that what He does, it's Who He is--Jehovah-Jireh our provider. God bless you richly!

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  6. I love the sympathy you show the Israelites. We so often laugh and look down on them, as if we are any better with our worries and fears. If only we could remember what they forgot, we serve a powerful God. Staying in the word is the way! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Helene! You're so sweet. "Staying in the word is the way!" Well said! Staying plugged into the Word is so essential.

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  7. Thank you for linking to Sunday Stillness.
    Blessings,
    Janis www.janiscox.com

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  8. My husband has been fussing at me for not eating breakfast lately, and he's right, and it occurred to me that my usual habit of reading the bible as I would eat has also gone by the wayside and that instead I've been 'snacking' on the word periodically throughout the day rather than having a whole meal, and feeling unfull

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    1. I love your comparison between taking in physical food through eating and taking in spiritual food by feeding from the Word. Beautiful! Don't you love when the Lord reveals a truth to you that you didn't see before? So thankful for the great life lessons the Lord shows us so we can learn and be better equipped to do that which He has called us to do. God bless you richly!

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  9. Hello, I also can say that this is always the truth. No matter where we are in any stage we must have this time and to drink and eat of Him!!
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. Thanks, Roxy! I agree having that time with the Lord is so essential no matter what season of life we are in. He is so faithful to meet us right where we are and minister to our needs. God bless you abundantly!

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  10. Beautiful, thoughtful post. What great words to contemplate and share!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement! So glad this blessed you. God bless you mightily!

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    1. My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it. God bless you lots!

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I look forward to visiting your site. God bless you lots!

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