Prayer: Work with me work with these people. Amen
Reading: Exodus 17: 1-7 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
"What shall I do with these people?"
(Moses cried out to the Lord).
Exodus 17: 4
Totally flabbergasted with the thirsty and grumbling Israelites, Moses cries out to God. He had already tried the, "Work with me, people!" approach by asking "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?" (Exodus 17: 2) But that didn't work. They were ready to stone Moses. So, Moses turned to God for help...or at least to vent.
Who are these people in your life and how to you deal with them? "Work with me, people!" is a common phrase today. We use it with our families. We may mumble it during committee meetings. Sometimes it helps; sometimes it doesn't. When it didn't for Moses, he went straight to God. Whether or not those people knew it, Moses acted according to God's directions and there was water in the wilderness.
"Work with me work with these people."
(We cry out to the Lord).
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