Date: Saturday 12th October, 2019

Theme: Divine Help

Passage: Exodus 17:3-7

3 But the people were very thirsty and continued to complain to Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? To kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”

4 Moses prayed earnestly to the Lord and said, “What can I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

5 The Lord said to Moses, “Take some of the leaders of Israel with you, and go on ahead of the people. Take along the stick with which you struck the Nile. 6 I will stand before you on a rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” Moses did so in the presence of the leaders of Israel.

7 The place was named Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites complained and put the Lord to the test when they asked, “Is the Lord with us or not?”

Divine help is when the unexpected happens in favour of God’s children. That was the exact thing that took place at Meribah in Rephidim. For lack of water for the people to drink and to give their cattle, the children of Israel thought that Moses had brought them out of Egypt only to be destroyed in the wilderness. Their palpable hopelessness was as a result of their quick loss of confidence in the God who brought them out of Egypt. Therefore, they shifted their hope and faith unto Moses instead of God.

Sometimes, we are quickly overwhelmed by circumstances that seem difficult for us to handle. In such situations, people tend to be more emotional and irrational, thereby giving rise to questions like: what have I done? Where have I fallen? Who is after me? What do I do? Sometimes Irrational promises are made as in the case of Jepthah of Gilead who vowed to give to God whatever greets him first on his return from the conquest of his enemies. Worse still, some go as to images, palm readers, soothsayers, herbalist and fellow men, to seek for help.

The Psalter writes such things as,
“To you, o Lord, I lift my soul’ Psalm 25:1 “To you I will cry, o Lord my Rock, do not be silent to me………..” (Psalm 28:1a) and
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills from where comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).

Always know that the Lord is readily available to keep if you call on Him. So call to Him in times of need, call Him when He is near (Isaiah 55:6). And then patiently wait for His answer.

MEMORY VERSE: Exodus 17:6 “Behold I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock and water will come out of it, that the people may drink” and Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

HYMN: MHB 697- BLEST are the humble Souls

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, let your divine help constantly be available for me in my times of need in the loving and Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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