It is related of the famous artist, Paul Gustave Dore, that when he was traveling from one country to another in Europe he lost his passport, which was required to be shown by every traveler. He was anxious to cross the border that day, so he said to the police, “I am sorry, … More
Just after God’s special provision of escape and victory the Israelites were tested. It might have seemed nice to linger at the seaside and praise the Lord but they needed to follow His leading. Leaving the Red Sea area the pillar of cloud lead the Israelites into the desert and wilderness country (v. 22). They marched for three days in the wilderness before finding water.
When they arrived at Marah they found water but it was bitter and the people murmured against Moses (vv. 23-24). Moses had learned to go to God with every problem, so he prayed and asked God what to do (v. 25). God told him to throw a certain tree into the water and when he did it became sweet and good to drink. The Lord gave the people a law to live by and then He tested their loyalty. He told them if they obey His commandments He will not bring any of the diseases on them that he brought upon the Egyptians (v. 26). Then the people traveled to Elim (v. 27).
It is so easy for us to praise God one day for our salvation and the next day complain to Him about some bitter waters. We need to realize that life is a combination of bitter and sweet, triumphs and trials. We must accept the bitter with the sweet, knowing that God knows what is best for us. He knows our needs because He planned the way. He is able to use the tree (the cross - I Peter 2:24) to make the bitter waters sweet.
I want to be able to accept the bitter with the sweet, knowing that God knows what is best for me.
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Exodus 12:1-14The Passover
Exodus 12:15-24The Celebration of The Passover
Exodus 12:25-36The Largest Mass Funerals in World History
Exodus 12:37-51Two Million Children of Israel Leave Egypt
Exodus 13:1-16The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Exodus 13:17-22God Led The Israelites by a Cloud And by Fire
Exodus 14:1-14Hebrew Children Trapped at The Red Sea
Exodus 14:15-31The Israelites Crossed The Red Sea And The Egyptians Drown
Exodus 15:1-21The Praise by Moses For Deliverance
Exodus 15:22-27The Provision of Water at Marah
Exodus 16:1-13God Told Moses he Would Rain Bread From Heaven
Exodus 16:14-22Manna Was Easily Accessible
Exodus 16:23-36The First Mention of The Sabbath
Exodus 17:1-16Trials That Helped Israel Understand Themselves Better
Exodus 18:1-12Jethro Visits Moses
Exodus 18:13-27Jethro Counsels Moses