We begin a new series this week, “Wilderness Wanderings,” where we discover that just as Moses and the Israelites drifted in the wilderness, a spiritual drifting can occur in our own lives leaving us feeling lost and disoriented. In our four-week study we will discover some of the causes of our spiritual drifting and God’s provision.
Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah. So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet.
There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them. And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His Commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.”
Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters.
Exodus 15:22-27 NASB
1. It’s easy to drift…
(After great victories)
2. Disappointment (brings bitterness).
Why is life given to those with no future, those God has surrounded with difficulties?
Job 3:23 NLT
1. God is (gracious when I grumble).
When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt we don’t know what has happened to him.”
Exodus 32:1 NIV
2. God (provides as He promises).
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 NASB
God Provides His…