Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink. (Exodus 17:6)
In the context of Exodus 17, the Israelites were travelling in the wilderness with Moses. As the people camped in the dusty, barren desert, we read of their complaint, "there was no water for the people to drink", Exodus 17:1. The people including children were suffering from dryness in the sizzling desert. So, they quarreled with Moses and blamed him for bringing them out to suffer. The Israelites at that point were suffering from a physical constraint. There was physical dryness and there was no water to drink. But Moses is not a magician able to provide water. There were no resources to produce the commodity in time either.
Given that constraint, Moses had to turn to God. The God of All Provision instructed Moses to use his staff to strike the rock. True enough, water gushed out and the thirst of the people and cattle were satisfied (v 5-6). That day, Israel knew that their God who loves them, provided abundant water. God is aware that perhaps we are experiencing a drought or wilderness in life. Be assured that God is able to provide His abundant waters to refresh us. Ask ourselves, "Where are the parched and barren places in my world? How can I look for and trust in God’s abundant waters"?
Lord and God of All Provision, I now turn to You to pour your abundant waters over my parched and barren places in my life. You know what I am experiencing now. Water each of these areas and refresh me with hope. In His Name I pray, Amen.