A message about allowing God to help us meet our needs, based on Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:5-42 & Romans 5:1-11 (Lent 3A)
We are going to hear from three pieces of scripture today, but I only have time to read one – Exodus 17:1-7.
Old Testament Scripture
So God’s people are wandering in the desert and there isn’t much water. They get annoyed with God and take it out on Moses. At his wits’ end, Moses cries out to God, and He meets their needs – in style! Moses doesn’t let the people forget their moaning…
We usually call this place the ‘desert of sin’, which makes it sound like it’s the people’s fault that they are there, but their rebellion and 40 years’ wandering in the desert is yet to come. It may be that God took them that way for their own protection, to avoid conflict.
New Testament Scripture
In John 4:5-42 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well and asks for a drink. Rabbis don’t talk to women, or Samaritans and they certainly don’t get water from them! Jesus is breaking down barriers
Finally, in Romans 5:1-11 Paul reminds the Roman church that Jesus was willing to offer us not just water, but to spill his own blood for us. He dies to lift us out of the desert of sin and bring us close to God.
My ‘Needs’ – a Personal Application
Maybe you’re like me; I like my comforts and when times are difficult my first instinct is to grumble, instead of taking my concerns to God. I like to be in control and solve my own problems, but the truth is that I can’t solve the big problems in life, and I only get angry trying to. Perhaps I need to get closer to God and allow Him to help me.
…since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:1) Amen