The waters of Meribah represent a place where man strives with God, where murmurings and complaints about the long way He takes us to our promised land comes out, where God desired to provide but there was strife. Oh that we would cast off our limited viewpoints and say, “Yes, Lord to your will and way. Not in lip service, not in a song only do I say/sing this, but in real life. When all is hard around Me, when no one sees the way that I take, when you have guided My steps to this place, I say, Lord I will follow you and delight to walk in Your ways. Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand anywhere else.”
You do not see the way that I take. My love, know that I Am meticulous about your path. When it seems longer and barren, did you misstep? Did you go off on your own way that appeared to be a shorter path to your destination? Did I lead you here on purpose? Just know that exactly where you are I can bring you on to the promised land. I Am your God and make your way. Continue in Me, in fellowship, in prayer, in praise, in filling your heart with melodious songs unto Me and watch what I will do.
If this place does not suite your preferences, just wait for the scenery will change. But here, rest with Me, do the work I’ve given you with a joyful heart and I will lift you out of any misery, any regret and My peace and joy will overflow to even change your countenance.
This may be a hard place in the natural, but I make it a river of delight. Let all around you grow abundance with how you let Me pour out and cultivate those around you – for I will make your surroundings a wellspring of life, a garden of beauty, a foundation of living waters flowing freely from you.
How much more will you enjoy the pleasant pastures for you will have no fear when I lead you to the barren lands – for you will have your confidence in the giver of life to provide and make abundant that which is hostile and parched. I Am the fountain of life, let Me flow freely from you for even in this flow on to others will I not even refresh you to overflowing? My love, I delight in making My servants lush and fruitful.
Leave the timing and circumstances to Me, just delight in Me and focus on Me so that My Spirit can flow freely through you and bless all that you set your hand to. Love as I have loved you – freely, unconditionally, without restraint.
- “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Hear me, my people, and I will warn you – if you would only listen to me, Israel! You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. “If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes! Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Psalm 81:6-16