Fresh water in the desert

If anyone had first-hand experience with God’s miraculous provision, it was the Israelites. 

They were divinely protected from the plagues that decimated Egypt. They were led out of slavery by a cloud that moved ahead of them by day and a pillar of fire by night. When Pharaoh sent his army to bring them back, the pillar stood as a barrier between the two groups, giving light to one side and darkness to the other. 

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He parted the waters of the Red Sea so the people could cross to the other side on dry land, and when the Egyptian army followed them into the dry sea bed, the waters rushed back and wiped them out. God turned undrinkable water into fresh water in Marah, and twice He brought clean, fresh water out of a rock in the middle of the desert. 

God sent manna every morning and quail every evening. To teach them to trust Him for their daily needs, He caused any extra food they collected in a day to rot, necessitating total reliance on His provision twice a day. They collected what their family needed for that day, and anything beyond that was wasted.

Sometimes in our lives it feels like we just can’t get ahead. Every time we get a little extra, something breaks down, our sure-fire job situation falls through, or an illness eats up our savings. We wonder how we’re going to pay the bills, put food on the table, and send the kids to college. We spend carefully, but it still happens. It might be something huge and tragic, or it might just be the day-in and day-out barely keeping our head above water that prevents us from storing up a little cushion for the future. Whatever it is, it feels like we are just barely staying afloat.

Yet how many times have we experienced an unexpected eleventh-hour provision? I have literally lost count of the number of times my needs were met in miraculous ways, and it always reminds me that my provision and stability come from God. 

Planning ahead and saving for the future is wise, but we need to remember who owns the storehouses. 

Through those uncertain times of not knowing how tomorrow’s needs are going to be met, God is working behind the scenes to teach us to surrender our desire to control the future to Him and allow Him to provide on a daily basis, just in time.


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