I realize there are some variables... but basically, humans can go for weeks without food... but only just a few days without water.
When the children of Israel came into Rephidim, there was no water to be found. It wasn't long before babies cried and families grew faint from thirst. I can imagine the animals thirsty themselves, were also chomping at the bit. The situation was imperative. It seems that God had decided to test their faith and build their trust in Him.
So, here they were in a "place of testing and trials!" Moses understood the ways of God and he knew the children of Israel were being tested, stretched beyond anything previously known to them. He went hurriedly throughout the camp, telling the people, "God hasn't forsaken us!! Hold on, trust God!! He wanted them to know they could depend on God for anything and everything.
God waited for His children to trust Him completely, instead they tempted the Lord saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?" Exodus 17:7 Moses knowing the Israelites lack of faith, called the land, Massah (meaning "test") and Meribah (meaning "trials").
Grievously, the Israelites did not trust God. So, God told Moses to pick up his rod, go to Horeb and strike a particular rock there. When Moses hit the rock, water came gushing out to meet the needs of the Israelites. Once again, God supplied the needs of His people, despite their unbelief.
God could have provided water, at the first signs of the Israelites thirsting, but like any parent His heart longed for His children to come to him and to know they could trust Him! He wanted them to know that He was faithful and they could depend on him. Only, He was looking for them to be upright and obedient.
How many times would it take a miracle for the children of Israel to trust God, instead of trusting God to perform a miracle when one was needed?
God delivered them from slavery, He brought them out of Egypt and He opened the Red Sea when there was no way out. All He wanted was to hear them say, "You have done everything for us! We love you and we trust you! We are your children!!"
Are you in the middle of a trial? Doe it seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel?? God is saying, "Look unto me! Trust me! I know exactly what you need and I am here to provide it!!"
My friend, God is able to deliver us!!! Will you put your faith and trust in Him today?? And... will you do it without hesitation or reservation??
Make 2014 a year to completely yield your heart and mind to God... knowing He will take care of you!