KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
The Israelites continued with their journey to the promised land as they got to Rephidim where there was no water. The scripture said their journeys were commanded by the Lord. How come that God led them to a place where there was no water? In our previous studies we realize that these people continuously encounter one problem after another. Why does God who was leading them allow these situations to come their way? PLEASE GET THIS TRUTH ONCE AND FOR ALL, THE GREATEST LESSON, THAT GOD WOULD WANT HIS CHILDREN TO LEARN IS TO KNOW HIM.
Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:10a “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection……”. This was after so many years of fellowshipping and experiencing the dealings and workings of God in his life. Daniel 11:32b also enlightens us that “…. but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits”. Knowing in this context also means to get acquainted with God. It also means knowing who God is and how he does his things. Anyone who comes into such knowledge cannot be defeated and would never fret under any situation.
Dear child of God, challenges would never stop coming your way. God would allow them to come your way. They offer you opportunities to trust God and see his power and wisdom. (Romans 8:28). God does not lead us into temptations any way. James 1:13 “let no man say, when he is tempted: I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man”. Remember that to be tempted means to be prompted to do evil. God will not and cannot prompt anyone to do evil.
Did the Israelites learn the lesson of knowing God? No, they did not. Listen to what they said Exodus 17:3 “And the people thirsted there for water and the people murmured against Moses, and said, wherefore is this that thou has brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? These people consistently spoke about themselves, their children, their cattle. They were occupied with themselves. WE CAN ONLY KNOW THE POWER OF GOD BY TRUSTING OUR LIVES AND FUTURE INTO HIS HANDS. WE CAN’T KNOW HIM IF WE GET SO CONCERNED WITH OURSELVES.
I trust God with my life. He is a faithful God and honours His word in my life continually. I know Him and therefore, I do not fret at anything.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
John 11:40 “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?”