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1Then the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to thewilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people stayed at Kadesh. Now Miriam died there and was buried there.
2 There was no water for the congregation, and they assembled themselves against Moses and Aaron. 3The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, “If only we had perishedwhen our brothers perished before the LORD! (Numbers 20:1-3)
Have you ever been in a “waterless place?” These are the places in life when all our own personal rescources have run dry. All of God’s children eventually find themselves in waterless places.
Oftentimes while being led by the Lord we are brought into crisis situations which manifest the character and quality of our faith. These waterless places may tempt us to second-guess whether we heard God speak in the first place. Somehow we incorrectly believe following the leading of the Lord does not entail any problems or cares. Surely being led by the Spirit exempts us from all trials, pain, sickness, family or marital problems, and financial difficulties.
So when we meet waterless places we conclude, “it was a mistake to listen to that preacher, teacher or other spiritual speaker, and God Himself.”
Beware of Fear’s Motivation –
Fears try to persuade us that the purposes of God are not reliable. In our panic we allow fear to frame the debate that the Lord delivers us from sin to bring us into evil. Fears twist our thinking to believe the Lord redeems us from captivity only to lead us back into bondage; the Lord brings us out of one mess just to entrap us in another mess. Fears will cause us to believe the Lord has brought us this far just to leave us!!! Can you relate?
Waterless Places Witness About Us –
In Waterless Places, our behavior witnesses to the fact that we oftentimes act in order to survive. In these dark places we discover our flesh still searches for not only security from others, but also for power over others. It can get ugly. This is why the children of Israel “chided” with Moses and Aaron. This means they opposed the authority and leadership of the very same men to lead them from bondage.
Trusting In The Lord In Waterless Places
In order to let God be God in waterless places, we must deal with this fear of not being in control. The only way to deal effectively with it is to TRUST IN THE LORD!!!
We must be able to place our confidence in God’s ability to provide for all our needs in waterless places. We must trust His gracious purpose in bringing us to what we call “evil places”. God can and will do good things in evil places.
We must resolve in our souls that all things do in fact “work together for good to them who love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose.” But we must take the weight of caring for our own welfare out of our feeble hands and entrust it into the strong hands of the Lord our God for He cares for us!!!
DON’T CHIDE, JUST CALL! Call upon the Name of Lord and He will deliver you. Rest in the Lord and allow Him to bring you through your waterless places.
A great encouragement and answer to a lot of problems.
Thanks. I’ve been in waterless places many times. God is good.