Tempting God

“”Go on before the people . . .Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it that the people may drink.”  Exodus 17:5-6

“So he called the name of the place Massah (tempted) and Meribah (contention) because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying ‘Is the Lord among us or not?'”  Exodus 17:7

Not long after I accepted Jesus as my Savior, I shared with someone how He’d taken away my desire for drugs and alcohol.  That person told me God would have to strike them with lightning in order for them to quit. !  It took everything in me to keep from high-tailing it away from them in case God did just that.  Now I know that God has chosen to send me on to live out my life in Christ before this person.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your patience with me even when I tempt You to lose it.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Before Us

When life becomes
more difficult
may I not forget
what You have done,
making a way
before me
by sending Jesus
Your only Son.

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