Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 14, 2022

Bitter Waters Made Sweet

“Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore, the name of it was called Marah.” Exodus 15:23

The children of Israel have always fascinated me because an Israelite’s typical day could be viewed as no less than an emotional roller coaster. Judgingly, I’ve thought I would never react the way they did! How could they harshly attack Moses because things weren’t going ‘their’ way? After all, God had done so much for them for heaven’s sake! But how are they best remembered? Always complaining – an expression of discontent from within.

Examining the end of chapter 15, we find God testing the Israelites yet again! Barely joyously recuperating from the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, they find themselves walking three days in the Wilderness of Shur without water. Imagine the exhilaration when water was finally located only to discover it was bitter – unfit for human consumption! What follows? Attacking Moses by whining and griping!

Have you ever felt this way? Experiencing a spiritual high only to abruptly encounter another insurmountable obstacle in life? I have. I don’t know about you, but tests aren’t my favorite thing. But the reality is life is one big test! Complaining doesn’t change anything or make situations better. It amplifies frustration, spreads discontent and discord.

What is your latest test with God? Feel like complaining? How important it is that believers guard the words of their mouths! The scriptures tell us that our words are literally the basis for whether we are justified or condemned. Realizing this, we should eradicate negative words, bickering, or grumbling and fill our mouths with praise and thanksgiving! And, as with the Israelites, we can praise Jehovah Jireh our provider for making bitter water sweet!

“Lord, please help me to resist complaining and praise You.”

For His Glory

Patsy Sanders
TRBC Women’s Life


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