“Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water.When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah.And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.”
(Exodus 15:22–25 ESV)
The people of God during the Exodus were a surly lot.
They complained about the lack of water, the lack of food, and a limited number of buffet items.
They were such a disgruntled bunch that the Newer Testament says the main reason that God wrote this stuff down was so we would learn not to act like them.
The one thing I want you to get though, is that (at least in these early days) God graciously gave them what He would have given them if they had acted right.
This incredible grace of God brings me to my thought for today.
We bicker amongst each other over everything.
Real presence or memorial?
Infant baptism or believers baptism?
Predestination or free will?
Vestments or skinny jeans and sneakers?
Hymns or worship bands?
The list goes on forever and so do the fights.
What if…we’re all wrong?
What if…God gives the sacramental blessings to people who don’t believe in sacraments?
What if…the main thing we’re supposed to understand is the command to love each other…despite our differences?
What if…God in His grace and mercy still gives us what we need no matter which side we argue on?
What if…despite the fact that we fail at the main thing and all the subsidiary things…a gracious God gives all His children every spiritual blessing anyway?
Maybe the reason they all died in the desert was because they weren’t leaving until they proved everybody else wrong about something…
Maybe…I should embrace the what ifs…
Make your own application…