EXODUS 17:1-7  

 

      -God’s people many faced obstacles on their way to the Promised Land. Along the way to their destination, God had provided for them. In the process of the journey, the Chosen people built a relationship with God.

      -A key point in their travels is the learning to trust in the Lord. We all take journeys in one form or another in the course of a life time; thus, hopefully, a lesson is learned about our own trust in the Lord.

     -Israel learned, through many trials, that they can have full trust in what the Lord puts in front of us.

      -Another key component is trial and error. We fail, we fall, and we will make mistakes, but we can learn from trusting God through all the ups and downs in daily life.

      -Another important point to make is WORSHIP. Worship in the middle of a trial or struggle, in the heat of the moment, is critical. “But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, ‘why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?’” (Exodus 17:3). The people of Israel were quarreling among themselves, feeling hopeless in the midst of their troubles. They failed to take into account all the good the Lord has previously provided for them at this point. They tested the Lord to see if He will come through again. God had provided as always, “The Lord answered Moses, ‘walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.’” (Exodus 17:5). We can be a worshipper or a complainer, it’s up to you. Either way, God will address your problems.

      -In Israel’s first battle against the Amalekites, Moses told Joshua to find men to fight, while Moses stood on a hill. Israel, with little or no experience in such matters, took the field while Moses held his hands to the heavens. And as long as he did this, with some assistance, the Lord provided the victory. As was exclaimed, “The Lord is my banner.” Remember, in our moments of weakness, as Israel displayed, we need to know we too fight under “the banner of the Lord.” Stay focused and raise those hands in worship.