The End of Our Capacity


S (Scripture): Exodus 17:1  The whole community of the Israelites traveled on their journey from the Desert of Sin according to the Lord’s instruction, and they pitched camp in Rephidim. Now there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So the people contended with Moses, and they said, “Give us water to drink!” Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people were very thirsty there for water, and they murmured against Moses and said, “Why in the world did you bring us up out of Egypt – to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?”

4 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What will I do with this people? – a little more and they will stone me!” 5 The Lord said to Moses, “Go over before the people; take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile and go. 6 I will be standing before you there on the rock in Horeb, and you will strike the rock, and water will come out of it so that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in plain view of the elders of Israel.

O (Observation):  God’s people are thirsty!  They walked through the Red Sea, but couldn’t take any of it with them : )

So now they are in the desert, headed to the Promised Land, but now they are seeking a basic necessity of life: water.  And Moses feels stuck in the middle…

Moses and God’s people have reached their capacity.   And that is where faith is matured the most.   And God shows up, using Moses and his staff to strike a rock, from which the water flows.   Wow!  God showed up!  Awesome…

A (Application):  I get so caught up in leading sometimes, that I fail to acknowledge my limits.  I sweep them under the carpet, rather than cry out to the Lord.  I hide those limits, and do work on things that I CAN handle.   

But this also limits God’s grace.  

Is acknowledging our limits an okay thing?  Sure it is!  But how many of us do that?  How often do we go to God as a last resort, rather than the FIRST resort.   And when we step back and rely on God to work through us, we are usually blown away by the fruit we can bear.  

Please pray for me this day.  Help me to acknowledge God first…and when I fail, pray that I will cry out to the Lord…and that the Lord will provide again.  

P (Prayer):  Lord, I seek you today first.   You have claimed me for your own.  Help me today to seek you and your Kingdom first. Amen. 


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