Reading: Exodus 17: 1-7 (Click to read text)
God is so good. God is so good. God is so good, he’s so good to me.
That’s one of Camp Mount Luther’s sung graces. We return thanks for all our meals both in song and prayer. Of course, as we do that we can smell the aroma of another meal waiting for us. It is good that we give thanks to God who provides not only meals, but so much more every day.
It is easy to praise God in the midst of abundant blessings. We acknowledge God as the source of every good thing. How could we not sit down at a Thanksgiving Day feast, for example, and not thank God? Surely, in the midst of abundance we are confident that the Lord is among us.
When folks are in great want, however, is there the same confidence--that the Lord is in our midst? The Israelites coming out of Egypt weren’t convinced. In fact, they gave Moses quite a quarrel because they had no water. Better to have stayed in Egypt. I attended a meeting this morning where we considered the reality that some folks are in great poverty, yet are able to provide for themselves and enjoy life. They are not in want. And I think perhaps it is easier for them to trust the Lord even in scarcity than it is for those who live in abundance. Many of us have never had to wonder if the Lord is in our midst because we lacked resources. That is difficult to even imagine for some.
A thought for today. Does our confidence that the Lord is among us flow from living in the midst of great resources? If so, does that make God "The Great Sugar Daddy?" And what if the resources go away? Now who is God?
Today, let’s ignore the tangible resources that assure us of God’s presence. Let’s see how many other reasons we have to be confident that the Lord is among us. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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