Quenching Our Thirst
Scripture selection: Numbers 20:2-11
Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD! Why did you bring the LORD’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. The LORD said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.”
Much had happened on their journey. Many had died along the way, some because of their own disobedience and still, the people had trouble trusting God.
Once again, we have this account of how a loving God responds to a complaining people and because of his response – the people’s literal thirst is quenched in the desert.
We too, when we are thirsting spiritually, can become demanding of our God. In those times it is good for us to remember to “ask” and we “shall receive”. Asking is so different from demanding.
So often, all it takes is a prayerful word, humbly offered up.
How about quenching your thirst for God today?