In times of hunger and thirst, do we trust God to be present? Do we trust God to provide? Do we believe that this is the path to eternal life rather than a roadblock keeping us from it?
Genesis 17:1-7 The people grumble and test and complain. But only because they were worried about dying of thirst. God doesn’t just give them water: God gives them Godself.
Psalm 95 God as the rock of salvation: the rock from whom waters come when needed. God as the God worth trusting because God has made everything.
Romans 5:1-11 Justification doesn’t take away the suffering, but the suffering is part of the promise of glory. Be at peace with God: because God has already reconciled us.
John 4:5-42 The woman at the well is willing to ask for what she needs, and is willing to see Jesus offering it. Jesus doesn’t seem to mind that he’s hungry or thirsty because he knows what God is up to.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA where he is currently Pastoral Director for the Newbigin House of Studies. His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.