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Dear friends, Since my Dad’s death on March 5th, I have been in a spiritual fog. Things had not turned out as I had hoped and prayed for since I was a child. I know better than to walk in a “whatever” attitude, but I found myself stuck. Then last week I heard the Lord say, “Tell  Me 10 things you are grateful for”….There I was walking through Wal-Mart whispering to Him,  “my Reb is kind and faithful, my children love each other, I have a job that I love, I can see and hear and walk….” gratefulness grew within me…”You have opened my eyes to know You, I have Your Word to show me Your heart every day…”  The fog lifted, gratefulness was the weapon, it is warfare. I began to think of so many of  my loved ones who are in a valley right now. Let’s go on a walk, get some fresh air and  speak out loud the many things we are thankful for.

I read this devotion this morning…hope it blesses you…

When life does not seem to make sense, how do you respond? Exodus shows us how God delivered the Israelites from bondage and led them to the Promised Land through a long process of sanctification. Deliverance was just the beginning of their journey. In the same way, God works in your life, sometimes through trials and pain, to transform you into His likeness. The true test of spiritual maturity is how you will respond to adversity. In Exodus 17, the Israelites found themselves grumbling again even after repeated experiences of God’s miracles and provisions. At Rephidim, they again found no water and for this, they became angry with Moses. They quarreled with him and almost stoned him to death. Their agitated response revealed their immaturity.
By nature, we are all grumblers. We tend to grumble when we do not focus on the things that we have but on the things that we do not have. All our grumblings are ultimately against God, as it is rooted in unbelief – falling to trust that God is in control and He wants what is best for us. This is why we need to train ourselves to be grateful for the things that God gives us.
God is always with us, even in the midst of crisis. Sadly, when they faced adversity, the Israelites doubted and questioned the very presence of God in their midst. Yet in His grace, God still provided water for them to drink through a rock, where waters supernaturally flowed like a river after Moses struck it (Psalm 78:15-17).
The key to restedness is not the absence of problems but God’s presence. The Bible reminds us that “They who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing” (Psalm 34:10). God knows our needs and He knows how to meet them. We will never know what God can do until all we have is God. We will never know that God is more than sufficient until He is all we have.
Now, the water from the rock will not make sense until we see the big picture from the Bible. In the wilderness of this world, nothing can really satisfy us other than God – the dependable and reliable Rock (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 18:31).
Jesus is the Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4) that was struck for our sake. Come to Jesus, and you will never be thirsty again (John 4:14, John 7:38). REST IN GOD’S GOODNESS AND PRESENCE.

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