“Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come. But He will save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the desert,”~ Isaiah 35: 3-6
Yahweh knows that for you and me, the journey sometimes seems incredibly long and uncomfortable.
You better believe it.
And like a weary child, I call out to Abba, “Are we there yet?”
I get discouraged. I grow tired. And I wanna go home.
After the victory in Egypt, Moses found himself saddled with a rather large and undisciplined group–600,000 men plus women and children.
I imagine the task of leading such a crowd through the desert to the Promised Land had to have been rather daunting at best. But when water and food ran low, that constituted a crisis.
Even though the people had just witnessed tremendous miracles, they feared.
And although God had demonstrated His power and delivered His people from Egypt, travel beyond the borders of Egypt and through the Red Sea had proven uncomfortable.
‘I’m thirsty…and hungry…’
Legitimate needs…food and water.
I’m sure the people worried they would not survive.
Yeah, they had short memories. Their faith–like a tender sprout in the desert–needed nurturing.
Yet, our God of grace fostered Israel’s faith. After all, before His people would be ready to conquer the Land of Promise, their faith in Him would need to grow.
Thus, God provided for His people again and again. When water ran low in the wilderness of Shur, the people cried, “What shall we drink?”
Their fledgling faith wavered. They expressed heartfelt fear, concern and honest need. Moses interceded on their behalf, and God responded with miraculous provision of water, (Exodus 15:22-27).
Yes, our God gives grace to help in time of need.