17And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
Having just recounted the wondrous works of God on behalf of his people, Asaph turned to the sad reality of his people's lack of faith--a lack of faith which continued to plague his nation to his present day. After personally observing miracle after miracle on their behalf, the moment they ran into difficulties the people complained,
Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
Before we become too critical of these people, let us stop and think of how prone we are to pose the same question when difficulties arise in our own lives: "Can God?" How much would they need to see before they understood the Almighty Power of their God? How much do we need to read in His Word and see in our lives before we, too, understand our God?
Why is man so foolish? He is so prone to run after false gods or after a world tainted with nothing but anger, deceit, and self-love. Here we are, over 2000 years later, still following in the footsteps of a nation that foolishly questioned God over and over.
In truth, no man can come to God in and of himself unless his eyes are opened! Our faith never has and never will rest upon ourselves. Christ is not only the object of our faith, He, by His Spirit, is also the power of our faith. Only when we rest upon Christ will we cease to foolishly question God. Isaiah spoke of this very thing in Isaiah 35.
4Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. (Isaiah 35:4-6, King James Version)
Can God? Yes!
When you reach those times of questioning God, go to Him asking for help to believe. He, alone, opens the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and the tongue of the dumb!
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow!
God Bless You,