22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.
There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
Blessings today! I feel led to return to Moses believing by faith that God will reveal His character and nature as He gives us some life lessons. 🙂 The last time we saw Moses and the Israelites they were singing, dancing, praising God for His deliverance in Exodus 15, “He is my God and I will praise Him.”
“Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted (Exodus 15:1).
It seems that their praise did not even last a week. The Israelites are enroute to the Promised Land and have traveled three days without finding water. I am sure that the water they brought with them as they came out of Egypt is long gone. When they arrived at Marah, they found the water bitter and their gladness turned into complaint. Verse 24 says that “the people grumbled against Moses saying, “What are we to drink?”.”
No dancing, no singing, no praising…just accusation and blame, “what are we to drink?” Not one word of faith. Perhaps something like “The Lord brought us out and promised us a new land. We will wait on the Lord.” Or “The Lord heard our cry before, let’s ask Him.”Or “I will trust in the Lord.”
What happened to “He is my God and I will praise Him?”
Surely, the same God who brought the Israelites out of Egypt is able to provide water in a desert. Surely, the God who demonstrated power over all creation in the ten plaques is equal to providing water. Surely, since He can turn rivers to blood, He can provide drinking water. Surely, since He parted the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites to walk across on dry land, He holds water in His hand to provide. Surely, Surely, surely, surely…He has not changed, the Lord remains “I AM THAT I AM.”
Surely, we see ourselves just as we see the Israelites in this story. Instead of grumbling, why not keep singing unto the Lord as we present our needs before Him? He has proven Himself trustworthy, faithful, and to be the Promise Keeper. The Lord is equal to our storms.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).”
We cannot grumble and be thankful at the same time nor can we grumble and walk in faith.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6