Have you ever been so thirsty you thought you would die? Have you had a lack of water for so long your lips cracked? Once you had water, did you gulp it down? Have you heard of people wondering through the desert without water? What would you say to them?
Some of us may have been very thirsty at some point in our lives. It could have been due to performing a task that we just wanted to finish and didn’t stop until it was done. It could be we were traveling a great distance and forgot to pack a cooler of drinks. It may have been at the end of a long race or sporting event.
Imagine this: a large group of people set out on a trek across the dessert on foot. They must carry everything with them or haul it on wooden carts pulled by oxen. How do they carry enough water? That was the case for the Israelites as they left Egypt. We are told in Exodus 12:37 there were 600,000 men besides children. The word interpreted as men actually means men who were able to fight. So, there would have been men who could not fight, women who were not included in this number, and all the children would have been excluded from that number. Some simple and conservative math would estimate there were more than 2 million people in total, not to mention all the livestock they brought with them.
Moses had a real problem on his hands. They needed water and were upset there was none to be had. I can only imagine they were about to lynch Moses. What does he do? He goes to God. He knew God was the only one who could provide the water they needed. He trusted God, even in a desert where there were no running brooks or springs. God delivers in a miraculous way.
When we are in need, we should go to God as well. He provides for our needs, sometimes in miraculous ways. I have seen God provide for a need in a totally unexpected way. We simply need to trust him to do so. We need to ask for the help. God will take care of the rest.
I pray we all turn to God in our time of need. I pray we ask God to provide for our need. I pray each one of us will trust God to provide, without doubting, and watch him work in our lives. Seek God in your time of need. Ask God to provide. Trust that God will provide. Watch God work in your life.
Exodus 17:2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?”