Daily Devotions

Thirsty Faith

A high-stress job, an inhospitable environment, and people around him that just didn't get him. It all wore him down, down to the nerve. Eventually, he snapped, "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?" Moses struck the rock, and water flowed out.  

It seems understandable. Moses had a high stress job leading the Israelites in the desert. This season was inhospitable in more ways than one.  

But the LORD was not happy. He tells Moses, "You did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites." 

But it doesn't take a journey in the desert for us to feel alone, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Sometimes, all it takes is forgetting some promises; forgetting about God's presence.  

Elsewhere, we see a better side of Moses. In Psalm 90, he confesses how utterly entwined his life is with God's grace. Rather than feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, he understands this good news: God has infused our life with his meaning and power.  

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;  
     establish the work of our hands for us— 
     yes, establish the work of our hands."
 - Psalm 90:17  

Prayer 
Father, you have promised to be with us and bless us, whether in the desert or at the desk. When we feel overwhelmed, remind us of your promises. When we feel frustrated or useless, remind us of your purpose for us. When our sins exhaust us, refresh us with your grace. Amen.