I was reminded today about the Moses wandering in the Wilderness. The Israelites were traveling out of the Desert of Sin and set camp. They complained to Moses that they were thirsty.
“GIVE US A DRINK, OR WE WILL DIE,” they yelled.
Moses was about to be stoned by these demanding people. In his time of need he went to God for help. And God answered, “Walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel” (Exodus 17:1-6).
How miraculous? God supplied. There is an amazing correlation between this story and Jesus Christ. Jesus is also referred to as the Rock. In John 7, He tells a crowd “Come to me all you who are thirsty!” And in John 4, He tells the woman at the well, “I will give you something that will never make you thirst”.
How true? Jesus can satisfy all our needs.
How many times do I satisfy my taste buds with things that quench my thirsty for a little while, but just leave me thirstier?
“Nothing will supply the needs, and satisfy the desires of a soul, but water out of this rock Jesus Christ, this fountain opened. The pleasures of sense are puddle-water; spiritual delights are rock water, so pure, so clear, and so refreshing — rivers of pleasure” (Matthew Henry).
I had a friend tell me a story about when he and his wife were walking around the block just after it rained. The road was filled with dirty puddles. A car zoomed by and gave them a very BIG splash. It wasn’t funny at the moment because they could taste the water and it did not taste good. They eventually got sick. They are okay today, but the story helps me bring color to this quote. Personal pleasures are like that puddle water…gross and will eventually make you sick. This water, which Christ supplies, is just the opposite. It purifies, cleans and actually satisfies ones thirst. This water that Christ offers is what I want more of…to flush out this dirty water that’s settled into my system way too long.