HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Has God ever let you get to the brink of a tragedy? What was that like? How did you respond to God?

After one of his most astonishing rescues (Exodus 14:15-31) God lets his people face serious trouble. Let’s see how they respond and what God’s response says about who he is:

Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. 24 And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”

25 And he cried to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.

There the LORD made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, 26 saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.” 27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.

Reflect Together:

Verse 22 tells us the Israelites went “three days in the wilderness and found no water”. How long can the human body last without water? What does that tell us about the severity of the situation for the Israelites?

The text uses two different words to talk about how the people of God responded to the situation. How do the people respond in verse 24? How does Moses respond in verse 25? What is the difference between the two actions?

How does God respond to Moses? How does God respond to the people? What does that tell you about who God is? In what way is the LORD our “healer” still today?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

When you go through troubles and difficulties, does your response look more like grumbling or crying out to God? What might your gut response suggest that you believe about God?

God calls his people to “diligently listen” to his voice and “do that which is right in his eyes” (15:26) in order to experience him as “the LORD, your healer”. Our salvation and relationship with God are secure in Christ, but that freedom ought to inspire us toward listening and right action.  Would you describe yourself as a diligent listener to God? Are you striving to do what is right?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

If grumbling has worked its way into your heart habits, consider what gratitude habits you might build into your life, whether journaling about God’s blessings, praying thankfulness prayers, or something else. Identify the major sources of grumbling in your life and consider how you can cry out to God instead this week.

If you are not diligently listening to God, identify where in your day you can commit time to being with God in his word and prayer to listen to him. Maybe partner up in your group people who are doing this well with those who need to get started in this habit so that the more established can help give others the help they need.