Today I read from Exodus 17:1-7. Briefly, here is what is happening at this point of the story in scripture. The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt. God leads Moses to advocate for their freedom and after a series of radical events, they are finally set free. As a matter of fact, when they are finally allowed to leave Egypt, the Egyptians gave them gifts for leaving! After 430 years of slavery, the people are free… and all because of God’s mighty work.
God has promised to lead them into a great land but God is also keep them safe along the way. So at this point of the story, they are traveling through the desert following God’s lead. God has provided them with food everyday and they continued to move towards the promised land.
That brings us to today’s passage. The people are thirsty… they are, after all, in the desert. Water is scarce. But what stood out to me was their first reaction. The first thing they did. Do you see what it is? It was not to call out to God. It was not to remind one another of all the things God had been doing to take care of them. They did not go to God. They went to Moses and complained. They apparently didn’t even bother taking their concern to God.
I thought that was rather ridiculous. I mean really, God has been doing amazing things for these people for days now! How could they not trust that God would take care of their needs? But then I had to stop and think…
How often is God doing good things for me, and I still don’t get it? Do I see the good works of God in my life and still ignore Him when something happens? What is my first reaction? Is it to run to the One who can provide? Or is it to complain? Do I remember the holiness and mightiness of God first when life happens?
What about you? What are your thoughts when you read this passage?