Third Sunday in Lent, March 15th, 2020
Shalom – Namaste, my dear friends on this blessed third Sunday of Lent 2020. I know several people are unable to attend church services today due to the COVID-19 crisis that is affecting people around the world. I pray that you find words of comfort and encouragement as you navigate these trying times. My the Spirit of God refresh your soul today, quenching whatever needs you may have. I am a messenger, a vessel to share God’s love to the best of my abilities. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to share with you. Today is the Lord’s Day, a day of REST! The Sabbath, which is sometimes called “Holy Rest” is an opportunity for each of us to spend time with God, allowing Him to give rest to our tired and weary souls. Please find REST in God today.
Scripture verses go for today:
“But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
Poor Moses, once again the people complain to him and this time they are thirsty. The Israelites were angry that they were in the wilderness and they took their anger out on Moses. Moses went to God, pleading for answers and protection. In verse 4, “So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” -Exodus 17:4
God heard the cries of Moses and gave him instructions where to go and what to do, to get water for the people. Exodus 17:6
Do you ever find yourself grumbling or complaining? Is there anyone specific you tell or direct these things to? I have experienced grumbling and complaining and too often I take it out on my friends, and none of it is their fault (usually). Sometimes it happens before I realize what I’m doing, thankfully my friends know me, understand me and frequently forgives me. Just like the Israelites, I’m taking my frustrations out on the wrong person.
Do you think the Israelites were really angry with Moses?
Do you think the Israelites were angry with God?
When I am expressing anger, its typically not at the person on the receiving end.
When I am upset, angry or frustrated it is usually at myself for a bad decision or missed opportunities. And, I realize I have neglected my spiritual, emotional and physical needs. We all benefit from regular physical activities, routinely cleaning up our emotional garbage, and constant interfacing with God. These make up a well balanced life. If we expect God to fill us, we need to make room for Him in our lives. We need physical and spiritual food and water. Let go and Let God!
I’m not a theologian or have vast biblical knowledge but if I were to guess, I think the Israelites were angry with themselves for their lack of trust in God and in God’s servant Moses. Or perhaps they were so used to being told what to do and when to do things by the Egyptians they had no practice in thinking for themselves and trusting someone, even Moses.
The next time you drink water or wash your hands, name how you need God to quench the dryness of your soul.
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.