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.
Moses has learned much as God has used him to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt. One of those lessons is to pray. I note that Moses did not respond to the people but talked with God. Talking about a life lesson…the Psalmist asked the Lord, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3).” Psalm 39:11 says, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
These verses speak of God’s power in regards to our tongue and our responsibility as well. I’ve heard people say after the confusion, I said it so I just have to believe God was speaking. Really? I would imagine the Israelites would have thought the same but God called it grumbling.
Moses immediately cried out and the Lord responds with a flat out miracle. No need to try and figure out what type wood has the power to turn the bitter to sweet. It is not the wood but the power of the Creator, the Great I AM, who can turn whatever He wishes to whatever He wishes in order to provide the needs of two million people and their animals. Remember the Lord said in Exodus 3,
I have indeed seen the misery of my people
I have heard them crying out
I am concerned about their suffering
I have come down to rescue them
to bring them up out of that land
to bring them into a good and spacious land flowing with milk and honey.
We can pray with expectation and anticipation that the Lord will move to fulfill every Word He has spoken. This is the walk of faith. “The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled (Jeremiah 1:12).” “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).” Faith cries out as Moses did because as it is stated in Psalm 34:17:
The righteous cries
The Lord hears
The Lord delivers
It may not be the way we want or the day we want but we can be certain that God will fulfill His plans and purposes. May we be faithful to walk by faith and not by sight.