But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”
Exodus 17:3 NIV

I read a great quote by a Greek philosopher Epictetus. He said,

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

Understanding that Epictetus was born a slave, made a cripple by his master breaking his leg, obtained freedom, became a respected philosopher, was a gifted orator and raised a child left to die, makes this quote more powerful. He truly was a man that reacted well to his circumstances. Sadly, the Israelites reacted in the worst way to the problem they faced and spoke death into their situation.

This week my daughter experienced the greatest disappointment of her life…and she’s had quite a few to choose from! She could have chosen to grumble and complain, get mad and hold resentment. Instead, she chose to forgive and release the offender. She has chosen to keep her faith in what God has called her to and believe for a miracle! She feels peace and hope for the future!

How much better the life of the Israelites would have been if they reacted differently to what happened to them. This week, choose to react in faith not fear. Speak words of life, not death over your circumstances. “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:14 NLT)


Father…I thank-You that no matter what life throws my way, I have a choice. Help me to react in faith with words of life. May my reactions bring You glory and release Your purposes and Your plans for my life! In Jesus Name…Amen

Sherry Stahl