"Trusting God"

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, November 19, 2021 comes to us from Carol Macwan of Gujarat, India

Exodus 17:1-7 NIV

1 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?”

3 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” 4 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 The LORD answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the LORD saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

Trusting God

I had applied for a professional course at my university, but my name wasn’t on the first provisional list of candidates chosen. When I saw this, I became anxious and blamed myself for foolishly not applying to other universities. Finally when I felt there was no way I would be accepted, I fasted and prayed. To my surprise, God heard my prayers on the very first day of my fast. I was selected to the second provisional list. I felt sheepish that I had been complaining for no reason. This was a miracle God was already about to perform!

The Israelites had a similar experience when God brought them to Rephidim. Instead of enjoying their new freedom, they complained about the lack of water. They started grumbling and complaining to Moses, rather than trusting that God who had led them out of Egypt would sustain them. As a result of the complaining, Moses named the place “testing” and “complaining”. Maybe had they waited patiently and trusted God, they would still have enjoyed the miracle of water gushing for the rock at Horeb. Then the place could instead have been named “trusting” and “rejoicing.” In difficult situations, instead of putting God to the test, we can trust that God will care for us.

Prayer Focus:

Those without Access to Clean Water

Thought for the Day:

God sees my need and will always answer.


Friends – It seems to me that in times of great disappointment, I often berate myself, feeling inadequate. Sometimes, I don’t take the opportunity to stop and trust that God is present and will provide what I truly need. Sometimes, I forget that God is always present, especially during disappointing moments. I invite you to call to mind a moment when God has brought you comfort in the face of disappointment and challenges.

--Pastor bea



Help us, Lord, to trust you always. Amen. — Carol Macwan