March 9

Exodus 17:1-7

“From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.” vs. 1

We can assume that Expedia was not available for Moses as he began leading the people through the wilderness. As a result he was forced to rely upon the Lord as travel planner, and it really didn’t work very well. They moved along as the Lord commanded but when they got to Rephidim and set up their tents they discovered there was no water. Naturally the people are upset, but instead of blaming the Lord, they took out their frustration on Moses. As the story comes to us it becomes a parable about the difficulties of living as the Lord commands. Some of us have tried diligently to make career and family moves that are in line with what we perceive to be God’s will. And sometimes the results are disastrous! We find ourselves struggling to exist in situations that seem intolerable with no relief in sight. The natural tendency is to find someone to blame, and while some do choose to blame God, most find it’s handier and more satisfying to blame others, maybe a spouse or a boss. For some people complaining becomes almost a way of life– they’re never satisfied, no matter how often they move or change spouses. In the Exodus story Moses gave the people water from a rock, and ultimately that’s our solution too. And as Paul tells us in Romans, our Rock is the Christ!

Thought for the Day: When my life gets screwed up, who do I blame?

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