Healing the bitter water

Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.

There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water. Exodus 15:22-27

After a great victory like parting the Red Sea and destroying Pharaoh’s army, you might think that life will be full of miracles. And it may be. Those miracles may come to save you from apparent danger, however. It is in that danger that God tests our faith. “Don’t you remember what I’ve done for you?”

Like the Israelites, we also grumble and complain. We are inconvenienced by temporary suffering, and cry out in frustration, even though we have been given the gift of eternal life.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. -Romans 8:18

So, chin up, little flock. Our life is but a vapor. Our present troubles are less than that.

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