April faithful Worship Devotions

Meribah: The proving ground

"You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah." ~Psalm 81:7

Have you ever experienced the testing of God? The “trying of your faith” as James put it? (James 1:3) Are you in a season where you feel God is testing you? If so, embrace it! God has answered your prayer! Remember this: The work God wants to do will first manifest inside of you and before you see it outside of you. In God’s reality, the spiritual work is where the real power and the real testimonies are. It’s about faith- and that’s always an internal work, first! While God could give you any miracle He wants, the true miracle is when you are transformed within and then you turn and use what He has done to transform the world!

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In Exodus 17, the people who once celebrated the goodness and the great power of God immediately turned on Him when they got thirsty in the desert. While God does permit His people to test Him, the rules are the same: invitation only! At the waters of Meribah, the Israelites, “tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us, or not?” (Exodus 17:7) Even after all He had done! Parting the Red Sea, drowning the most powerful military force on earth, the ten plagues – and now this? Meribah was a proving ground for the people of God and they failed miserably. Why? Because God had already proven Himself so many times that, by this point in time, their should have been solid – yet in the day of difficulty, sadly, it floundered! This is what happens when you rely on your feelings and experiences instead of His faithfulness. 

Satan wants to expose your weak areas so he can use them to destroy you. The Lord wants to expose your weak areas so He can use them to destroy Satan!

Psalm 81:7 says, You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.” “Meribah” means “contention”, “difficulty” or “strife” and the Lord said “I tested you” there – at the point of your weakness and struggle. God doesn’t test the areas of strength. Why? Because the enemy isn’t interested in those! Invite the Lord to test you where you’re angry; where you are hurt; areas you’ve been hiding; areas where you have unforgiveness; areas where you fight against your flesh. The Lord wants to test you in those places. Why?? So He can prove Himself to you! The Lord wants to equip you, arm you, invigorate you, strengthen you… but that means you’ll need to invite Him to test you in areas that you’re weak, dry and fading in your faith. Satan wants to expose your weak areas so he can use them to destroy you. The Lord wants to expose your weak areas so He can use them to destroy Satan! Will you let Him test you so He can prove Himself?

Thought for today

Your “Meribah” is your proving ground, the place where God wants to test you and prove Himself- the area of your greatest struggle, your greatest fear. It’s in those very areas that we all suffer in our weakness and try to “test” God and His miracle-working power as the Israelites did, saying, “Is the Lord among us, or not?” But that’s not how it works! We don’t get to test God unless He extends the invitation, as He did in Malachi 3:10. He is faithful- end of discussion. He tests us at our invitation. It takes a lot of humility and vulnerability to let God test you at “the waters of Meribah” – a place where you’re struggling and contending with the flesh. Here’s the thing: 

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion at Meribah on the day of temptation in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me and tried Me and saw My works for forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation,  and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.'” (Hebrews 3:7-11)

At your “Meribah”, your heart is revealed, whether you cry out for help or shout at God and shake your fist. He already knows your heart! He’s testing you so that YOU can know your heart – and know His!! ❤ Do you “know His ways”? Do you trust Him? Invite Him to test you and let Him prove Himself!

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You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.”

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