For most of us, getting a drink of water is as easy as turning on the faucet. Few of us have known the type of scarcity where dying of thirst is a real concern. This was not the case for the Israelites journeying in the wilderness. We can’t blame them for being angry at Moses for bringing them out of Egypt only for them to die of dehydration, but we can imagine their relief at the first, cool taste of water on their lips.
This story is a reminder that God cares about our real, physical needs, sometimes bringing something out of what seems like nothing. And even though we may not know true, physical thirst, most of us have had times of spiritual drought. Many of us have felt alone or desperate or wondered about God’s motives.
Think back on a wilderness time in your life. Can you point to an experience, conversation, or event that helped to break the drought? What felt like a cool, refreshing drink of water for your soul?
In prayer, give thanks for all the ways God quenches our spiritual thirst.