Week 3 – March 28
Name and Age: Holly Fohr, age 14
Missional Experience: Celebrate Jesus missions trip
Today, if only you would hear his voice, "Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did..."
The words "Massah" and "Meribah" actually trace Psalm 95 back to Exodus 17, when the Israelites grumbled against the Lord after He freed them from Egypt.
Exodus 17:2a: "[The people]...quarreled with Moses and said, 'Give us water to drink.'" The place at which this happened was named Massah and Meribah, meaning "testing" and "quarreling." This became its name "because they tested the Lord saying, 'Is the Lord among us or not?'"
Was the Lord among them or not? He had just freed the Israelites from captivity in Egypt and split a giant body of water in half. After they saw all that God had done for them they asked, "Hey God, are you with us or not? You in or out?" It almost seems humorous, but I think the Israelites sometimes reflect our own hearts.
Sometimes we like to put God to the test and doubt Him, despite all He's done for us. At a Celebrate Jesus mission two years ago, I was presented with the opportunity to pray with a complete stranger, right then and there. When she said she had no particular prayer requests and just wanted prayer in general, that stumped me a little. Standing there in her front lawn, I completely doubted that God would place words on my tongue to pray over her with.
Yeah, yeah. I know You gave me words to speak that last time. You've never failed me before, but...this is different.
What if You don't come through?
He may not have parted the Red Sea for me to travel through like He did for the Israelites, but of course, He did deliver!
"He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness....you have not lacked anything" (Deuteronomy 2:7a).
Even when we quarrel with God in "the wilderness" and "harden our hearts," we never leave the palm of His hand. We want to help others but don't have the words to say, the courage to step out in confidence that the Lord is among and in us. Don't let doubting what God has done interfere with what God has called you to do, who He has called you to reach out to. If you're (figuratively, of course) in Massah or Meribah, let God soften your heart. Remember what He's done for you, and remember--there will never be a day, during Lent or otherwise, where He will let you down in your time of need!
Lord, we've seen Your power, yet sometimes we still doubt what You will do for and through us. Soften our hearts. Use us, despite our doubt, to reach the lost and the hurting, in Your strength.