Exodus 17 finds Moses in the middle of a battle. Stuck with a bunch of grumbling, whining people who have no idea of all the feelings Moses, himself, is struggling to control. Man, can't you relate? Can't we all relate to Moses' struggle.
Have you ever been in the middle of a situation that's sucking all of your energy? Have you ever been so tired of hearing all the whining and complaining you just want it to stop? Have you ever been to that place where you just don't have the energy left to help one more person? So tired that you don't even have enough stamina to keep going for yourself, let alone for other people. You just want to let go and find a quiet spot to relax. We've all had those 'Calgon take me away' kind of moments.
What do you do? Moses talked to God. He was fed up and talked to God about it. He complained and whined himself. Right to God. What should I do? They're going to kill me. What should I do? I'm at the end of my abilities. Help me.
God's answer. I am with you. I will provide what you need. I will provide what they need. I am going to be with you. Don't worry. I've got your back.
When we are struggling to keep from whacking someone with a big stick of sarcasm and anger, we should talk to God. Just like Moses talked to God. When you're at the end of your ability to do one more thing, let God take over.
God will provide an answer.
Keep in mind that it might not look like you expected. Look at verse 5. I imagine they expected a stream or an artisan well of some sort. Nope. God tells Moses to hit a rock and water will gush out of it. Totally unexpected. Yet, somehow, the unexpected answer is the answer we need.
He will provide what you need. It might not be what you are expecting, but He will make a resting place and you will find the restoration your tired spirit is looking for. God is always there. God's got your back.
Exodus 17:4 MSG
Moses cried out in prayer to God, “What can I do with these people? Any minute now they’ll kill me!”
Exodus 17:5 MSG
God said to Moses, “Go on out ahead of the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel. Take the staff you used to strike the Nile. And go. I’m going to be present before you there on the rock at Horeb. You are to strike the rock. Water will gush out of it and the people will drink.”