Just Ask
Helen Dowd

Psalm 78:20 - "He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and streams overflowed.."

Psalm 77:14 - "Thou art the God that does wonders." V. 16. "The waters saw thee and were afraid."

Have you ever fell like a rock inside? Your soul feels like nothing can penetrate it? You read the Bible and nothing sinks in? You wonder: "Lord, where are you? Why can't I find you? As far as I know, there is no unconfessed sin in my life." But still, the Lord doesn't seem to be anywhere around.

The Children of Israel were in the desert. They had left the comforts of their lives, as they had known them to be. And now they were far away from what had been their home for four hundred years. They were living in temporary dwellings, probably some sort of tents. Each day as they rose they didn't know where they would be going, or what they were going to eat. They were under the direction of a man who had already caused them a lot of trouble while they were in Egypt. He had interfered in their lives by promising them deliverance from bondage, but as a result in the long run, Pharaoh had taken it out on them by making their tasks harder. They started to complain.

"Where now is God? Why has He led us out here into the wilderness and left us? We are going to die! We're going to DIE!"

They had forgotten that God had miraculously led them through the Red Sea; that He had drowned the Egyptian soldiers who had pursued them; that He had given them a shady cloud by day and a fiery cloud by night. They had forgotten that they had joined Moses in singing: "The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: he is my God...who is like unto Thee?" Exodus 15:2 & 11

They had forgotten that God had given them water before. All they could think of was their present condition. They were thirsty and out of water.

It was then that Moses took his rod and struck the rock, and the waters gushed out. Lots of water. Water for them to drink to their hearts' content, water for them to bathe in, water for them to wash their clothes in, water for their cattle. There was no end of water. All they had to do was ask. That is all God wanted of His children. Just to ASK. Actually Moses disobeyed God here. God told him to SPEAK to the rock. He struck it, not once, but twice. He was punished. God allowed him only to see the Promised Land. He was forbidden to enter it. But that is another story. (See Numbers 20:7-12 for the full story.

Aren't we often like the Children of Israel? We are thirsty and out of water. We forget that God has supplied us with Spiritual water before. We forget all the things God has done for us in the past. Right now all we can think about is, we are feeling parched of soul. But all we have to do is ASK. God is not hiding. All He wants us to do is remember. Remember all the other times He has supplied water for our thirsty souls. Psalm 77:11 - "I will remember the works of the Lord: Surely I Will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate also on all Thy work, and talk of Thy doings."

'Twas then I heard God say to me:
"Just ask and you'll receive.
Abundant water's there for thee.
Just trust, My child. Believe."

Unto the fountain then I went,
Rejoicing in God's love.
I drank until my thirst was quenched.
I thanked my Lord above.

Isaiah 12:2-5 – “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.....Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.."

© Helen Dowd.

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