THE GOD WHO MEETS US IN OUR CRISIS

March 09, 2020

THE GOD WHO MEETS US IN OUR CRISIS


We’ll all been there. Whether it was financial, relational, emotional, spiritual—we’ve all had those moments when we were consumed by something that was beyond us.

Moses was leading anywhere from 1-3 million people across the desert to the Promised Land. And they had a water shortage. The people began to grumble and complain, which is understandable. What they did not know is that God was allowing them to go through this problem so they would look to Him and see Him provide. Their needs would be miraculously met and God would be glorified.

APPROACHING GOD

So, what did Moses and his brother, Aaron, do in this moment of life-threatening crisis? Where did they turn where there was nowhere else to turn?

6 Then Moses and Aaron came in from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to them;
7 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
8 “Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink.”

 

Moses and Aaron ...

  • Listened to the people’s complaints and assessed the problem.
  • Immediately went to God to seek Him and His direction.
  • Fell on their faces (a sign of humility and dependency before God).
  • God appeared to them.
  • God spoke to them.
  • God gave a plan to them.
  • God provided exactly what they needed and all they needed..

It was simple, direct, and effective. Instead of trying to “figure out” how to resolve the problem, Moses sought God. Moses didn’t spend hours in worry, fear, or agony. He just went directly to the God-of-all-answers.

God gave a very different answer than they might have suspected (He almost always does), but it was an answer in which only God would be glorified. Not Moses or Aaron or anyone else could take credit. Only God could bring water out of the rock (a symbol of the coming Cornerstone, Jesus, who would bring living water to all those who look to Him).

YOUR RESPONSE TO YOUR PROBLEMS

Where do you turn in times of need? In moments of crisis? You could look a thousand places and never find the answer. Or, you could look to one place and Person, God Himself, and find exactly what you need. As you do, your needs will be abundantly supplied, others will be blessed, and the world around you will gain a right opinion about God.

Father, thank You for being all we need. You long to make Yourself known to us and one of the ways is through providing for us in our times of greatest crisis. Lord, help me to look to you as my first response, not last resort. And, may You alone be glorified as You provide the answers and resources I need.




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