March 23, 2014

“The people complained…saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’” Exodus 17:7b


I like to complain.  Traffic is terrible.  My computer isn’t fast enough. The dog doesn’t tend to business quickly enough on his walks.

I am in good company.  After God freed the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, they began to complain about conditions on their journey.  In this instance, they complained about the lack of water and questioned if God had led them from bondage merely to perish in the desert.  They didn’t perish, of course, as God provided water out of a rock.  

Some years ago I acted as Moses while teaching Vacation Bible School.  Ellen Edwards suggested using the fountain in the plaza to teach this story.  Ever since then, when I look at the fountain I am reminded that God provides for us – even though we complain.  May we all be reminded that God’s love is more powerful than our complaints.


Dear God, Please help us today to remember that you take care of us in spite of our doubts and complaints.  Amen

                                                                                                                             Bob Brown