Moses continued to lead the Israelites through the desert. And once again they began to grumble. "Moses, why did you bring us out here?" they demanded. "It's too hot! Do you want us to die of thirst?"
Moses cried out to God, "What will I do about these people?" Then God told Moses what to do.
Moses did as God said—he chose some older leaders to go with him, and they walked until they reached a certain rock. When Moses struck the rock with his staff, fresh, cool water gushed out—just like a fountain! And once again the people were happy.
The Israelites may have thought they were merely grumbling against Moses, but they were actually complaining about God. They were questioning whether God was really with them. whether he could take care of them, and whether he would keep his word.
When we complain about our circumstances, we are subtly accusing God of not caring for us. God knows what we are going through. He understands how we feel. He can provide water out of a rock if necessary to meet our needs. When we feel the urge to complain, le's try looking for a solution instead.