What we can learn
Israel was beginning to conquer and settle in the land on the other side of the Jordan River, before getting to the promised land of Canaan. At the beginning of this chapter they experienced a lack of food and water, causing them to complain and then be judged for their bad attitude against God. After getting their hearts right, they moved on and experienced more success. And when they got water, they really appreciated it!
Two things I see in this passage:
- Israel had learned to be truly grateful. A simple thing like water was enough inspiration for them to write a song of joy. They had gone through the hard times, and now could enjoy even more the times of plenty. Sometimes, that's what it takes in our lives too. God knows just what we need, and when we need it.
- Even though their needs were met, it was not without a little labor on their part. They found water, but they had to dig a well. Just because the resources are available does not mean they will be given to us for free. So many people today have a "give me" type mindset, where everything has to be quick, easy, and cost-free. We don't truly deserve anything that we haven't worked for. So let's do our part!
Today, let's be grateful for what we have, and be willing to put forth our best effort to make it useful to those around us. Use the resources around you and thank God for His provision!
What blessings has God put into your life that you can make into a song?