Week 2: Trust in Provision

Scripture Readings:

Exodus 17:1-7 – Water from a Rock 
John 4:1-42 – The Samaritan Woman at the Well Meets Jesus

God, the maker of heaven and earth, has provided for creation since before the earth was even formed. God knows our needs, both physical and spiritual. God also desires that we demonstrate trust and belief in God’s providential care.

When we encounter Christ in our everyday vulnerabilities, he can renew our souls with living water. Jesus knows our hearts and when we claim and proclaim him as Lord, blessings rain down.

You Have Always Made Provision

Darkness covered the face of the deep and
     Nothing that is formed had been formed as chaos loomed,
          And you called forth order and light and seasons and life.
You have always made provision, and yet I doubt.

Manna rained down from the heavens and
     Water sprang forth from impervious rock
          In the desert places you provided succor for life.
You have always made provision, and yet I grumble against you.

Enemies pursued and encamped around me
     As the hoofbeat of horses and the breath of death was hot on my back
          You parted the waters into walls of safe passage on dry ground.
You have always made provision, and yet I lack faith.

Judgment rose against the rejected and the sting of exclusion pierced the heart
     Seeking the solace of the solitary and yet imprisoned within the same
          You cast aside custom and transcended tradition to see me and speak truth into my life.
You have always made provision, and yet I lose hope.

You have always made provision
You are making provision
You will always make provision

May I learn to trust you as Jehovah Jireh.
May I learn to have confidence in your provision.
May I learn to tell others of your constant providence.

– by LaTrelle Miller Easterling

Moment of Reflection:

Where in your life have you grumbled against God? Do you trust that God is present when difficulties arise in your life? What are you really thirsting for in this season; what are you bringing to Jesus at the well? 

If you are doing this study in a small group, take turns sharing your responses. After each person speaks, the group will respond: 
“May you drink from the water that Jesus gives and never be thirsty again.”

After each person who wishes to shares, discuss:

  • Describe a time you behaved like the Israelites in our Scripture reading and how God provided for you in the midst of that experience. 
  • In what ways could your congregation do a better job of proclaiming God’s refreshment and renewal to your community? How are you bringing the promise of resurrection to those you encounter?
Closing Hymn:

“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy,” UMH #121