They are among the most dramatic of God’s miracles in the wilderness.
I am referring to those occasions during the Exodus when God’s power spontaneously produced water from desert rocks.
The Israelites were parched, stressed, mad and filled with doubts about submitting to God’s appointed/anointed leader Moses and yet, it wasn’t God’s plan to let them die of thirst.
They would suffer consequences later for their rotten, ungrateful attitudes but for these supernatural moments, God produced water where only dust had existed.
This was amazing.
Water from dust and air.
This is almost as miraculous as producing a living being named Adam out of the dust of the ground.
Yes, God is unfathomably powerful.
What I want to share with you today, however, is that God desires to be unfathomably abundant in His blessings.
It is clear in scripture that He is a loving and generous God who wants to favor His children. It’s just that He does so in the way that most influences us toward a more powerful and PATIENT faith.
Here is a passage that I read yesterday that swept me away with awe for the love of God.
“Those who hate the Lord would cringe before Him, and their punishment would last forever. But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you” (Psalm 81:15-16).
The larger context of this passage is a burdened pleading of God for the repentance of the Israelites before the dual destructions of of the Northern and Southern kingdoms.
You and I know from the Bible that nearly all the Hebrews ignored God’s call for submission and renewal, with the result of near-destruction of all Hebrews.
It was a tragedy of epic proportions, costing millions of lives.
What blew me away yesterday was the fact that God saw the hideous, rebellious sin of His people and yet He STILL was willing not only bless them with miraculous forgiveness, restoration and protection, but that He was willing to pour out supernatural refreshment of their spirits during their times of suffering.
Actually — and this is incredible — He was willing to do more than provide miraculous refreshment for their souls.
He was willing to give these griping, sin-crazed Hebrews a greater blessing than He had provided those ungrateful ancestors in the wilderness IF the latter generation would simply repent and seek God.
He would give them more than water from a rock.
He would give them honey from the rock.
And it would satisfy — AFTER they had filled their stomachs with fresh bread made from the finest of wheat.
Can you believe that God was so gracious?
Gracious in twice providing water from the rock?
Gracious in offering spiritual honey from the rock?
Gracious in offering you and me the Living Water of Christ’s Word and the sweet honey of salvation in the form of Christ’s blood that poured from the Rock hung on the cross?
We serve a gracious God whose desire to show favor is incomprehensibly greater than our ability to comprehend.
Please, dear friend, ponder and pursue the marvelous and merciful heart of God.
He doesn’t just want to refresh you.
He wants to strengthen you.
He wants you to experience a greater blessing than that seen by those in the wilderness. Follow the counsel of Psalm 81:11.
Listen to God.
Submit to God.
Follow His ways.
When the time is right, God will reveal that pot of honey that satisfies every part of your life.
As always, I love you