An Impertinent Question

Lou Lotz

READ : Exodus 17:1-7

“Is the Lord among us or not?” (v. 7)

You ask God for help, and help doesn’t arrive. You ask God for healing, and healing doesn’t happen. Let’s be honest: we cannot help but wonder sometimes, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

But our sufferings are not laboratories by which we test the power of God. When we put God to the test, it’s as though we try to cram the Almighty into the dimensions of our private dilemmas: “Here’s my problem, God, and if you really are all that you are cracked up to be, solve it!” How impertinent.

“Is the Lord among us or not?” The children of Israel have short memories. They’ve forgotten what God had done for them: water from the rock, bread from heaven, deliverance from their enemies, the ten plagues, the Red Sea. Of course the Lord was among them.

Don’t forget what God has done for you. You have been delivered more times than you can remember. More times than you deserve. Remember, too, that God has not brought you this far just to leave you here. The same God who leads his people into the wilderness leads them out of it.

“Is the Lord among us or not?” You can bet your life that he is among us, and always will be.


Thank you, Lord, for your abiding presence.