The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”
Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”
3 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”
4 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” Exodus 17:1-3
This has already become a pattern between the Israelites and Moses. With so many people, though, somebody would have to start the ball rolling with their complaints. The last time it was food; this time it’s water. Because they were in the desert, water would naturally be hard to find or come by.
God had provided for them in the past, so there was no reason to believe that he would stop providing for them now. But many of them didn’t view it like that.
I always bring these stories back to us.
God provides for us like he provided for them. All along, He has provided for us. There’s no reason to believe that He’ll stop providing for us. We have a wealth of Biblical and personal history on our side to back it up. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow,
He’ll provide for us today.
And the next day.
And the next.