And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.” And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” (Exodus 15:21, 24 ESV)
People are fickle.
You have just witnessed the act of the mighty forces of the super power of the day being comprehensively defeated in a complete wash out. You have witnessed it. You have seen it with your own two eyes. It has been such a triumphant feat that you’ve even heard two songs written about it. there’s no doubt about it, the God you serve really is the greatest there is.
Three days later, you’re grumbling about where’s the water after coming across a bitter pool. Moaning and grumbling as if you’ve been let out to die in the wilderness. So much for this great God business, I’m gasping for a cuppa and there’s nothing around. What kind of God is this and what’s this geezer Moses doing about it. This is more than a nuisance. Say what you like about Egypt, but at least the water was pure … and available.
People are fickle.
That is not a good thing when it comes to a relationship with a God who has kept His Word to deliver His people. Such fickle behaviour is a problem if we truly value the relationship and know it is we’re complaining and grumbling against.
No wonder God used the occasion to implement an agreement between Him and the people. An agreement about the nature of their relationship. An agreement based on them respecting and honouring that relationship. It’s a word worth being reminded of today for those who also wish to respect the Lord who delivers us.
If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer. (Exodus 15:26 ESV)
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden