Water from the Rock

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Exodus 17:1-7

You shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink. (v. 6)

A friend and I were on a bike trip. At the bottom of a sweeping vista, he indicated he was in trouble. We had left without water, and he was dehydrated. His desire for water was so great he longed to simply dip his toes in a road-side stream.

The human need for water is relentless and urgent. During the exodus, the Israelites are obsessed with water for good reason. They are, after all, traveling through a wilderness with few natural water sources. The Lord invites his people to look at the world through the lens not of material scarcity, but spiritual abundance. Their God is the God who created all things by the power of his word. Surely he is able to produce water—even if all he has to work with are rocks.

We too tend to focus on scarcity and forget that our God is the God who rained down bread from heaven and brought forth water from the rock. The apostle Paul reminds us: “All [Israel] drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ” (1 Cor. 10:4).

Jesus is the Word through whom God made all things. Jesus is the power of God who sustains the life of God’s people in every time and every place. Jesus is the rock on whom you can always depend. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, turn to Jesus as the provider of your material and spiritual needs.