And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
(Exodus 17:7 NIV)
Imagine a relationship with trust issues. It’s definitely not one we want to find ourselves in. Yet that’s the kind of relationship God had with His ancient people. They didn’t always trust Him, even though He came through for them time and time again. We find this repeated pattern, especially during their Exodus journey. In today’s passage, it comes down to them asking the question, “Is the Lord among us or not?” just because they were thirsty! If God could deliver them from slavery, He could surely quench their thirst. And guess what? He did, proving once again that He is worthy of their trust.
In First Corinthians chapter 13, we’re reminded that love always trusts (v.7). Love is not doubtful or suspicious. Asking the question, “Is the Lord among us or not?” is not an expression of trust. But that’s the kind of question we still ask whenever we don’t trust Him. It may be worded slightly different, but thousands of years later, it’s still being asked. But love always trusts. During our difficult times, we can still believe that God has our best interest at heart and will come through for us because He will. If we truly love Him, we will trust Him. The same is true of those we love. We can choose to give them the benefit of the doubt because that’s what love does. The next time you find yourself questioning God or those around you – who genuinely love you – ask yourself if you truly love them, if you truly trust them. Because love always does.