Title: iSurrender: A Pain in the Knees
Preacher: Pastor Ryan Krauss
Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7
Description: In my experience as a pastor, one of the most critical question-and-answer dilemmas to a person’s faith journey is summarized in Exodus 17:7, “Is the Lord among us, or not?” This question is implicit to many theodicies (i.e. discussions about why God allows bad things to happen). Those who can answer ‘yes’ are perhaps fortunate enough to be surrounded by a supportive community of faith or possess a certain clarity of insight to know that God is One who provides. Those who find themselves answering ‘no’ may be going through experiences similar to the Israelites in the above passage. Hot, tired, thirsty, expecting the God who just rescued them out of Egypt to also provide for hunger and thirst. So when no water can be found, who wouldn’t complain?
Surrender is not about getting the easy life. God’s MO is not to instantly solve every one of our problems. In their journey through the wilderness, the Israelites are learning that God is one who provides. And even if our voices are raised in complaint from time to time, we also need to remember: if we surrender, God will provide.