When I was about eight years old, my father became a Christian and his life changed. He told me all about Jesus and why he was important. But back then, when I was a little boy, I didn’t feel as if my life would be changed. However one thing he used to say has stuck with me through out my life from that time. If ever I was worried or, as was often the case, I couldn’t see how things would turn out, my father always used to tell me to have a little faith. When things were tough later in my life, and when I didn’t have my father nearby to turn to, I always remembered his words and they always made a positive difference.
After all the Israelites had seen and experienced of the miraculous provision of the Lord, they displayed a stubbornness of faith that almost defies belief! God had sent the plagues in Egypt, he had parted the waters of the Red Sea as they escaped from Pharaohs army, the very presence of the Lord in the form of the fiery and cloudy pillar was leading them, Manna from heaven, the earth opened and swallowing Korah and the rebels and much else besides. And yet still they had no faith that God would provide them with what they needed.
Numbers 20:1-11 NLT
In the first month of the year, the whole community of Israel arrived in the wilderness of Zin and camped at Kadesh. While they were there, Miriam died and was buried. There was no water for the people to drink at that place, so they rebelled against Moses and Aaron. The people blamed Moses and said, “If only we had died in the Lord’s presence with our brothers! Why have you brought the congregation of the Lord’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock? Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!” Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face down on the ground. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to them, and the Lord said to Moses, “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.” So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord. Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.
I just want to share what my father shared with me because it’s something that has never left me. When you are in need and you don’t know or can’t see how it’s going to turn out, have a little faith…
Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalms 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8