Do you ever feel like God is out to get you, or simply forgotten about you?
Maybe after an encounter with God you said goodbye to your old life and began to wholeheartedly pursue a relationship with Him – and now, months or years later, rather than being led to an oasis, you now find yourself in the middle of a desert where there doesn’t seem to be even a drop of water.
So where is God in that?
Well, this is exactly what happened to the Israelites:
After God miraculously delivered them from their Egyptian oppressors and led them through the Red Sea, they found themselves wandering in a desert where there was no water.
The Israelites concluded that God had abandoned them and wanted them destroyed:
“Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?” – Exodus 17:3 (NLT)
Like the Israelites, we can also question God’s motives. Does He really care? Why am I here? What is God doing?
But right that moment, just when all seemed lost, God performed a miracle – and commanded Moses to hit the rock in the desert:
“Strike the rock, and water will come gushing out. Then the people will be able to drink.” So Moses struck the rock as he was told, and water gushed out” (17:6)
Although they felt abandoned, God was with them the whole time. He just wanted to reveal Himself in a fresh and powerful way.
The truth is that God was with them all the time, and just as God was with them in the desert, He is with us as we go through the dry times too:
“[The Israelites] drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ” – 1 Corinthians 10:4
Right now you may feel alone and in a desert place, but rather than being abandoned by Him, God wants to reveal Himself to you in a fresh and powerful way!
“You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah” – Psalms 81:7 (NLT)