Monday, August 13, 2018

Along The Wilderness Trail

"Behold I will stand before you there on the rock at Mount Horeb,
and you shall strike the rock and water shall come out of it,
that the people may drink."
Exodus 17:5

Hikers on the Sinai Trail in Egypt

That's a picture of God's provision for His people, Israel.
In the forty years of their wandering through the wilderness,
a dry and barren land where there were no pools, no rivers, no streams,
where water was almost non-existent, God provided water for them in abundance.
He provided it in a most unlikely way. He provided it out of a rock.

When you look at a rock in the desert as I've looked at it countless times,
it seems so hard, so unyielding, so little good could come out of it.
But in the disguise of the rock we understand that God Himself was
with the people. God Himself was the rock and out of Himself
there came His provision for His people in abundance.

It was important that Israel knew how to approach the rock.
At one time Moses was commanded to strike it.
At another time he was commanded to speak to it, and when
he approached the rock in faith and obedience, out of that seemingly
hard and unyielding rock there came an abundance of water
that flowed like a river in the desert.

It's often so in our lives, where in a time of barrenness when
provision seems lacking, but God is there. He's there in the form of something
 that seems hard and unyielding, something that we could complain about.
 But when we recognize God in it, and approach Him in faith and obedience, 
then the rock becomes our source of provision.
"God In The Rock"
Derek Prince

Even There
Zemer Levav

"I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord;
and He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up out of a horrible pit of tulmult
and of destruction, out of the miry clay and set 
my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps
and establishing my goings.
And He has put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many shall see and fear, revere and worship,
and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord."
Psalm 40:1-3

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