Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah. ~Psalm 81:7
How thoroughly have you experienced God’s faithfulness in your life? What experiences has God brought you through to show you how much He loves you? This morning, we are examining one verse that demonstrates to us that the proof is in the pudding. In other words, you really do not know how faithful God is and how much He loves you until you have had experiences that make your faith depend upon Him.
There is the proof when we are in trouble.
“Thou callest in trouble, and I delivered thee.” “Trouble” is an unsettling problem. When this word is used in the Old Testament, it has the idea of an adversarial situation. It refers to having your back against the wall and the situation being much bigger than you. “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” When we are in trouble, we cannot sleep, we have no appetite, and we want to hide. We pray with greater fervency when we are in trouble. Here is proof #1: God delivers us from our troubles! David said, “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Trouble is a divine means to show us that God is there at the right time to deliver us.
There is the proof when we are trembling.
“I answered thee in the secret place of thunder.” The sound of thunder is very awesome and frightening. When we hear thunder, we feel like the earth is shaking. We find ourselves trembling with fear. When fear overcomes us, we feel like running and hiding. When fear grips us, we turn to God in prayer. It is here that we see proof #2: God answers our prayers! What a wonderful thought to know that our God delights in answering our prayers. When He answers us, He gives us peace in the midst of the fear. Fear drives us to the Lord. “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
There is the proof when we are tested.
“I proved thee at the waters of Meribah.” When Israel was at Rephidim, there was no water there. The people began to strive with Moses and accuse him of leading them to a death trap. This location was named Meribah, which means “testing.” It was there where God tested them to see if they would trust Him for their needs. Instead, they demonstrated their unbelief and critical spirit. They saw an obstacle instead of an opportunity. They saw discouragement instead of a demonstration. In spite of their contentious spirit, God gave them water from a rock. He proved His faithfulness in spite of their unfaithfulness. Testing reveals much about our faith. Testing also places our complete dependency upon God. Testing teaches us that we are not as strong as we think we are.
The lesson today is that God uses different circumstances to shake us up and to cause us to see His faithfulness to us and how much He loves us. Without these experiences, we will not appreciate His working in our life. The proof is in the pudding! Don’t look at trouble, trembling, or testing as a way out, but a way to God!
Have a faith-enriched God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 1-3