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It was there at Marah that the Lord set before them
the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him.
He said, ‘If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God
and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees,
then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians;
for I am the LORD who heals you’.
– Exodus 15:26 –
Exodus 15 is a stirring “desert-reminder” that God is all about wanting nothing less
than first place in our hearts . . and that He is more than willing
to throw a “trust-test” our way for our own good.
The bitter waters of the oasis named Marah were His way of issuing part 2 of such a test to the Israelites.
The first part of the test came in Exodus 14 when Moses charged the fearful nation
that appeared to be trapped between the hotly pursuing Egyptians and the Red Sea with these words . .
“Stand still and watch the Lord”. Sure enough, God came through BIG TIME.
But God knew something of deeper importance:
we His children can be free from external hardship and oppression,
but still imprisoned by our own shallow “fair-weather faith”.
Things can be just fine on the surface, but until we move past “happy ever after” to “holy ever after”. .
that kind of life where God and only God is our security, our wholeness,
we will be ruled by emotion and fickle feelings and prone to “give up” all too easily.
Voices of complaint and cries to turn back towards Egypt began to flood the Israelite camp.
In His mercy, God provided a piece of wood at Marah for Moses,
the man who had 2.4 million sets of eyes asking one question, “Got water?”
When Moses threw the wood into the water, Scripture tells us that the water became drinkable,
but not without a Divine directive: “.. listen carefully to (and obey) the voice of the LORD your God..”.
Sometimes God takes to us to the place of nothing
so that we can be reminded that He and only He is our everything.
Imagine what the Israelites would have missed if they had stopped at Marah.
Like he did for His people who had been freed from misery and oppression,
He has already prepared and planned ahead to meet you at your Marah . .
to turn your bitter into better . . and to turn your better into overflowing blessing,
if we will just remember to humbly choose . . holy, not happy, ever after.
Father, I want to live as your obedient child
and not slip back into my old ways of living to satisfy my own desires.
I didn’t know any better then, but now I choose to entrust myself to You in everything I do,
for you are a holy and faithful God. Amen
– 1 Peter 1:14-16 –
How is God encouraging you today?