Water From A Stone

I can’t say I’ve sat down and spent a great deal of time trying to get water from a stone, but I don’t have to stretch my mind very far to realize that this would be quite a significant challenge!

Numbers 20:1-29

Reference: v.11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: My main Love Language would be Words of Affirmation.  This means that when I want to show someone that I care for them I will use my words to encourage them and express my appreciation for them.  It also means that I am more receptive to kind words being spoken to me as well.   Quite a while ago I worked for someone who struggled to verbally affirm people.  It was always a great shock when they did give some words of affirmation as it came along so rarely.  You could say that it was easier to get blood from a stone than get an encouraging word from this boss.

Application: The original saying was not to get blood from a stone, but an impossible situation was referred to like getting water from a stone.  I can’t say I’ve sat down and spent a great deal of time trying to get water from a stone, but I don’t have to stretch my mind very far to realize that this would be quite a significant challenge!  And that’s why I love that it’s in the Bible.  The Israelites were thirsty in the desert so God proves to them – yet again! – His power by drawing water from a stone.  Not just a little trickle, but enough to water thousands of people as well as all their livestock.  I love God’s elaborate display of a miracle here.  He could have created an oasis, or he could have instigated a deep well, but instead he takes the driest article around and brings water gushing out from it.  That is power; that is miraculous; that is our God.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I doubt You.  You are the same God today as the God who poured water from a stone.  Thank You that we can come into Your presence today.  Amen.

What ‘stone’ in your life do you need God to transform?

 

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

2 comments:

Sarah MaxwellApril 15, 2011 at 2:25 AMReply

Linda,

I am a college student in North Carolina, and your devotions have greatly encouraged me during some bleak and difficult times in my life. As a Christian on a college campus, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and very alone in my attempt to live a God-inspired life. But reading these wise insights into Scripture first thing every morning before I start my day give me hope that the Lord will not leave my side even when life, and the narrow road, do not seem easy. Thank you for sharing these so consistently; it is such a blessing in my life. May God bless you and your family!

Sincerely,
Sarah Maxwell

Cameron BaileyApril 15, 2011 at 9:11 AMReply

Thanks Sarah, Linda loves getting messages like this, its so encouraging.

Cameron

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