“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.’ ” Exodus 17:5-6
What evidence do you have that your parents love you?
If we take the time to stop and think about it most of us can generate a long list of events and actions that give proof to the reality of the love our parents have for us. This list would include sacrifices they’ve made, gifts they’ve given, things they’ve said to us, the way they’ve cared for our day to day needs, and even the way they’ve disciplined and corrected us when we needed it.
Granted, nobodies perfect, so none of our parents have been flawless in their parenting efforts but, nevertheless, there’s still plenty of opportunity for us to find evidence of our parents love.
In the Exodus God more than adequately demonstrated that he loved the children of Israel, and that he was up to the task of anticipating their needs and providing for those needs even if such a fulfillment required supernatural intervention. Given all the evidence they’d received confirming God’s love and watch care you’d have thought that they would have learned to not immediately panic when difficulties arose but that wasn’t the case.
In the verses leading up to our focus text we find that, once again, they’ve run short of water and now they’re in such a state of unrest they’re threatening Moses with violence.
Scripture says that Moses “cried out to the Lord…” and God answered him by instructing him to take the elders and go and stand before a rock and to strike the rock with his staff and God promised that he would give them water from the rock.
Now, in addition to the cloud of the Lord’s presence that led them everywhere they went, they had two more evidences that God was with them and providing for them: the daily harvest of the manna and the continual flow of the water from the rock.
It occurs to me that it shouldn’t take an obvious miracle for us to believe in and trust in God’s care for us. It’s spiritual immaturity on our part to look for flash and fireworks when all around us, everyday, we have more than amble evidence to give proof of God’s love for us. If God’s love is there then we ought to respond by trusting him and not just with the normal everyday things but especially with the big things.
Friends, there’s going to come a time when all you’ll have to hold onto is you faith and trust in God. It’s past time we started noticing all the ways he cares for us and start developing that reflex action of trusting him in everything.