‘…he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?’ Psalm 78.20
Psalm 78 outlines the story of the Israelites wandering in the desert, living in a cycle of rebellion and repentance towards God – a situation not unfamiliar to many of us!
At this particular point in the psalm, the cause of a specific complaint was revealed: God may have done some wonderful things in the past, but was he able to do the specific thing they were asking? The Israelites were probably not so much asking, ‘Is God able to do it?’ but, ‘Is he likely to do it?’
The psalmist’s comment about their attitude is this: they did not ‘trust in his deliverance’ (verse 22). In other words, it was not the particular actions of God that they doubted, but rather his character. They knew that he could do mighty deeds but would he choose to meet their desires?
As you face your needs, you may well be able to look back on great things God has done, but you may not be sure he wants to do any of them again. In this situation, there are two questions to consider:
What could Jesus do in this situation?
How can I open the door for him to act?
Jesus’ commitment to you has been proved by his action on the cross; the question is, what is your commitment to his commitment?
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