Words from the Heart for Sunday February 10th, 2019
The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”
Numbers 20:7-8 (NIV)
The Providing God
The suffering of people caught up in a smaller-scale, sudden onset disaster is just as serious as a larger-scale disaster. However, these localized crises do not always make it to international news streams. The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) responds to smaller-scale, rapid-onset crises where there are unmet humanitarian needs. The fund enables Humanitarian Coalition members to respond quickly to provide assistance, such as: emergency food, water, sanitation and hygiene, emergency health care and shelter. For example, during an 18-month pilot phase, between April 2014 and September 2015, the CHAF provided $2.5 million to 8 instances of smaller-scale disasters.
The people of Israel had been set free from slavery in Egypt. Now they faced the wilderness. As many as two million men, women and children needed food and water. Imagine. Enough people to fill a good sized city. And because of their lack of faith, they would need provision for four decades. It must have seemed like an insurmountable challenge for Moses and his leadership team. And humanly speaking, it was. But God was with them and His name is Yahweh Yireh, the Lord who provides. In Numbers 20:7-8 we read this: “The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” Only the Creator God can bring water out of a rock. What seemingly impossible situation are you facing right now? If God can bring water out of rock, and enough water for two million people, He can surely provide for your need.
These have been words from the heart.