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September 10, 1993

Drinking from a Rock

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[W]ho turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water. PSALM 114:8
A rock is about as different from a pool of water as you can possibly get. Have you ever been in a place that’s as different as it can possibly be from the place where you need to be? That’s where David was when he was hiding from Saul in the caves that dotted the landscape. When Moses was wandering in the desert, and Joseph was trapped at the bottom of a well, they, too, were like David—men who were “buried” and “resurrected” by God’s hand at work in their circumstances. On different levels, each of these men experienced physically what we experience spiritually—death and rebirth.
Joseph lay in a well, waiting to be sold into slavery by his own brothers. He knew what the future held for him. But his doting father and his own lack of discretion enraged his jealous siblings, and he found himself on a journey to the bottom—slavery and then prison. Joseph experienced the rock.
Moses delivered Israel out of Egypt only to wander around the desert until a generation of his peers had died. And that was his second experience of death and rebirth. The first was the time he spent in Midian, learning how to shepherd a dull and obstinate flock. Far from the palace in Egypt where he grew up, he experienced the rock.
David was anointed as king. He received the promise of royalty from Samuel. He knew what his future occupation would be. He knew the power, position, and perks he would have. But first he had to die. Not literally, but symbolically. Slinking around in caves, fearing for his life, he experienced the breaking effects of the rock.
Are you experiencing the rock, that place that is so far from where you know you were meant to be? Do you find yourself being broken on its sharp edges? That is part of God’s plan, because only through this breaking will springs of living water flow forth from your life.

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