In Exodus 15, only 72 hours after the Israelites experienced one of the greatest miracles in human history…they were complaining. God had just delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians, parted the Red Sea, and closed it again. Three days later, and the Israelites were groaning because they had no water to drink.
This is often our response to hardship: we forget, so quickly, all the faithfulness, all the miracles, all the provision God has given us before. Our minds get so fixated on our present challenges that we forget who God is! Moses, however, didn’t allow his perspective to be warped by the circumstances. He took the people’s complaints to God, in faith that He would answer.
Verse 24-25 tell us what happened: “Then the people complained and turned against Moses. ‘What are we going to drink?’ they demanded. So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink.” Do we cry out to the Lord for help as quickly? Or do we try to take the problem into our own hands?
Sometimes, faith is just that simple. It doesn’t have all the answers; it’s not that deep and profound. It simply says, “God, You were faithful before. You’ll be faithful again. I know You haven’t led me this far to leave me.”
If we know how to provide for our children—as fallen, sinful human beings—how much more does God? Today, trust Him in the midst of your hardships, reflect on His faithfulness, and know that He is a trustworthy God! He has been faithful before, and He will be faithful again!
Dr. Derek Grier