February 10

Exodus 17:6 (NIV) 6I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Horeb was the mountain upon which Moses met God in the burning bush. The word 'horeb' means 'fresh inspiration'. Moses had indeed received fresh inspiration that transformed his life and sent him on his life's mission. Now he is at the same mountain with several million thirsty, whining people. He needs some fresh inspiration again. It is not as though we meet God one time and go on living on that one encounter. God is after a relationship. Difficulties are often the vehicle that drives us to seek direction from God, a fresh encounter.

Moses told the LORD that the people were ready to stone him for leading them to this dry and thirsty land. It was not Moses but God who led them there to show them their need and His all-sufficiency. First, God reassured fretting Moses by telling him that He will stand before him. Moses knew from experience that if Almighty God was in something, it would turn out fine. Then God gave Moses a strange command. God told him to strike the rock with the staff that God had first anointed in this same place.

In 1 Corinthians 10, the Apostle Paul tells us that this rock is Christ. He is struck, and the life giving water comes out to meet the need of every thirsty person in that great multitude. The Rock has been struck for you and water has flowed in abundance. "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters..." Isaiah 55:1a (NIV)

Encouragement: Drink your fill; He was struck for you.

February 10

Matthew 7:7-8, 12 (NIV) 7"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Man has a tendency to act as if heaven was stingy. We go to God and ask as if His resources were limited. Our poverty in asking, seeking and knocking reflects our poverty of understanding the gracious heart of our Father. He speaks, and resources come into existence. Perhaps we have this mistaken attitude because we so often see people who will not go to Him for their needs. We refuse to hear His answer to our need, and so we continue in our impoverished ways.

God is more willing to give than we are to receive. Heaven is filled with answers to prayers that are yet to be prayed. When we get a right attitude about God's attitude, we find our own attitude toward giving is changed. If I believe He desires to share His all-sufficiency with me, I have no problem sharing with others in need. Then I can do to others what I would hope that they would do to me. I don't have that greedy attitude that says I must make sure I have what I need first. Instead, I look at my lack, give to those that are in need, and go back to my heavenly Father for the replenishing of my need. With resources like that, I can give to anyone that comes my way.

Jesus is giving us insight into why the Law was given. First, it should give us a new perspective of the goodness and graciousness of the love of God for man. That should cause us to love Him in return. Then, it tells us how to live with our fellow man with concern and love. Rebellion (sin) says we are not our brother's keeper. It says we are only to look after self. The spirit of the Law is loving concern for those in need. Are you walking in the Spirit?

Consider: Do you see how all-sufficient your heavenly Father is so that you can be generous to those He brings your way?