SUMMARY: Desert drink
OVERVIEW: The Israelites were thirsty and struggled to believe God would provide for them, so they grumbled against Moses. God supplied water for them, miraculously producing it out of a rock. Later, Israel battled the Amalekites. When Moses raised his staff in the air, Israel would gain the advantage, but when he tired and lowered his staff, the Amalekites prospered. Aaron and Hur supported Moses by holding his hands up.
BIG IDEA: Talk to God about your concerns. Ask God to help you trust him during difficult times.
KEY VERSE: Exodus 17:3 (Israelites to Moses)
But tormented by thirst, they continued to argue with Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
You will get to interact with and lead difficult people. When you do, you get a glimpse of what I deal with. Some grumble for many reasons. Some complain because they want to be in control. They struggle following, but they need to learn humility and patience. Give them a voice. Listen to them. Remind them that they matter and that you hear them. Others grumble because they’re afraid. Their fear won’t often have much to do with you, but it will connect to challenges in other areas of their lives. Again, listen to them. Ask questions. Offer to pray. Encourage them and remind them I care.
Don’t be a grumbler. Trust me and trust those who lead you. You may not agree with those you lead, but respectfully follow and look for opportunities to share any concerns humbly. All the while, keep praying to me and pray for those who lead you.
What have you complained about lately? Instead of complaining to people, bring your requests and concerns to God in prayer. Talk to him and trust that he will provide like a loving father.