God is intentional. He leads us exactly where He wants us to be. In life, there will be times when God leads us to a dry place deliberately.
How we respond to barren seasons determines our ability to move forward.
When we look at the people of Israel as they journeyed through the wilderness, we gain priceless wisdom for navigating dry places. The Israelites had just experienced the mighty hand of God deliver them from Eygpt. They walked through the Red Sea on dry land and entered the wilderness. They were just full of praise and now, three days later, they’re filled with doubt. They directed their questioning at Moses instead of remembering God, who had just performed miraculous works to deliver them.
But Moses turned to the one who had provided the path to freedom, he cried out to God. And God responded. God allowed Moses to use what was available to meet their needs. In verse 26, God gives a command. He tells the people of Israel that if they listen and do what is right, then God will heal them. This was a test. This was God using bitter water to show the Israelites that they still didn’t trust Him. They had seen this miracle of splitting the Red Sea, but that wasn’t enough to cause them to see God as completely trustworthy. And yet, God still takes them to a place of twelve springs of water, more than enough to supply their needs. He takes them from a place of dryness to bitterness to sweetness to an abundance of fresh water.
Instead of punishing the Israelites for their lack of faith, God gives them the cheat code for the tests ahead. God instructs them to listen to His voice and follow His commandments. That’s it. Sounds simple. But simple isn’t always easy.
In Exodus 17, we see another dry place. Another test. And we see how the Israelites responded, more quarreling. More doubt. It’s clear that the provision of God along the way has not swayed their belief in God’s power. They still don’t trust the Lord to provide for their most basic need of water. They still question His presence.
How do you respond in dry places?
Do you question God’s provision, presence, or purpose? OR Do you listen to His voice and follow His commands?
Dry seasons bring questions out of our souls. Whenever we look at our surroundings and see a lack of resources, we start to wonder. We start to worry about provision. Even though we know God supplies all of our needs, we start to look to other people or things to get what we think we need. We start to grumble and complain about our situation instead of looking to the only one who can change everything.
In order for us to move through dry places and barren seasons, we have to be willing to be obedient. We have to steward our situations well. When we choose to respond with prayer and follow commands, we are able to glean wisdom and move forward to the next season. But if we hesitate, we will be met with test after test, until God works our unbelief out of us. Let’s commit to responding to God with trust so that we can move through dry places instead of dwelling in them.
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