Complaining, they asked, "Why have you brought us to this wretched place?....where there is no food to eat nor water to drink... simply to die?"
Then the glory of the Lord appeared.... and the Lord spoke to Moses, guided him on what to do...
So Moses did just as He commanded. With his rod he struck the rock twice, and water came forth abundantly.
....a shorthand version of Numbers 20:1-11
It's easy to see this passage and say "Wow. God is good."
God is good.
He warrants respect and asks obedience.
He leads and He provides... always.
You could easily read this passage and stop there,
but that's not the end of the story.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
Sometimes we don't know where we are going, how we will get there, or what the journey will be like, but we are called to faith and obedience.
I came here on that faith and obedience - not knowing what I was getting myself into nor how I would survive. No doubt my mind, my heart, and my being had fears.
Every step of the way My God has provided for my heart.... my safety... my loneliness... my comfort.... my everything.
And my journey is not over, but surely He is delivering me to this promised land every day
the land of peace... of grace... of joy... the place of rest.
If I don't suffer, if I don't hurt, if I don't need...
God is limited in His ability to show His mightiness and power.
He is almighty.
But if I don't enter the wilderness, I may never see the glory of God.
Praise the Lord for my every lacking, for my every desire, want, and need.
Praise the Lord for who He is, and where He leads.
Praise the Lord, forever is the song I sing.