If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Exodus 17, Luke 20, Job 35, 2 Corinthians 5. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Exodus 17.
If the Jews who were delivered from Egypt are known for anything, it is their complaining. They complained and worried about how they were going to be fed and they complained here in Exodus 17:2 about the lack of water. It is easy to dismiss them as ungrateful people. God had miraculously delivered them and miraculously provided for them already in the desert. So why would they complain again at Meribah instead of waiting to see how God would provide them with water?
Of course it was wrong to complain because their complaints were a symptom of a lack of faith (v. 7). But, how often do we complain and question God when we have to wait on him? And, the things we need and want from God are so often less critical than the water and food the people of Israel needed to survive day after day. If you’re anxious about something in your life and asking “is the Lord among us or not?”, then be encouraged by this story from Exodus 17. Not only did God provide for the Israelites, despite their complaints, but he also protected them from the attacks of the Amalekites (vv. 8-16).
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.