Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Don’t forget what God has done for you

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

23rd October 2011

The Israelites are an interesting bunch aren’t they?

They had witnessed the most amazing miracles before and after their escape from Egypt.

First came the plagues, then the Passover, then the escape from Pharaoh’s armies, then the crossing on dry land of the Red Sea, then many other miracles, such as the daily provision of manna, and water being supplied from a rock.

Then one morning Moses disappears and is gone for 40 days, and while he was away it seems that they forgot all that God had done for them.

‘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.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.” So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelr’y. (Exodus 32:1–6)

I find it so easy to think, what a dumb group of people these Israelites were; how could they have been so stupid?

How could they have so quickly forgotten everything that God had done for them?

But before I get too self-righteous I only have to think about the times I have forgotten what God has done for me.

The times when instead of acknowledging and praising Him for what He has done in my life, I had focused on what I’d done or achieved, and in doing so have not bowed down before God but before the idol I had created for myself.

I have, as a result, become my own god as was predicted in Genesis 3:5,

“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

No wonder God said to the Israelites when He gave them the Ten Commandments,

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me”. (Deuteronomy 5:6–7)

And Moses said,

“He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes”. (Deuteronomy 10:21)

Let’s take the advice of the Psalmist in Psalm 103,

1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the LORD, my soul.

Have a good week forgetting not the Lord’s great works and benefits to us.

Pastor Barry

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