EXODUS 15 IN FOCUS
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.)
Marah! Hmm, Marah! the bitter water! Until you have experience the real bitter side of life, you shall never know what real bitterness in life means. Until you have experience real poverty, you shall never know what real poverty means. Until you have experience real loneliness, you may never know what loneliness means. Until you have experience needful situations, you may never know what it takes to be in need! Life can be difficult. The journey of life can be painful but we have a secret as Christians; to believe in God for His mighty power.
Joy in life can turn into sorrow. Life is a paradox. One moment you are happy, another moment you are sad. The little child who becomes so happy because of a gift he has receive turn to cry when the gift gets finish. The same mother who cries for a baby, turn to beat the baby for disturbing her. The same manager who yearns for employees, turn to mistreat them when they are in. The same person who yearns for the latest car turn to show disinterest in the car as the car develops problems. The same Israelites who saw the mighty power of God at the red sea were now grumbling against Moses.
There was no water. The only available water also had a problem ” 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”. Oh ye mortal man, have you not know and have you not read what happened to Abraham. Abraham, having left his fathers house upon God’s promise, had to endure the hardships of life and wander about. Have you not read how Jacob had to use stone as a pillow? Remember Joseph who had the hope of becoming someone great but found himself not just as a slave but also as a prisoner in a strange land but least grumbled against God!
There was a problem but God had and answer. 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.
Today, let us remember what Job had to go through. Life can present us with such difficulties that are capable enough of swaying us away from our journey to the promised land (Heaven). It is our solemn duty to understand that someone has endured something more difficult than what we are experiencing today. We must cling to God and obey His command so that we can get to Heaven. The devil is wise, he can deceive our hearts with doubts, trails and temptations, riches and pleasures of the earth, and all alluring ways. Watch out!!!
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.”
‘Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.’ 1 Samuel 15:22
Let not your heart be deceived. Trust in God and do the right! Do you want to make it to Heaven? Trust in God and obey his commands! Do you want to make it to Heaven? overcome the challenges of life with the power and might of God! In such an evil and adulterous generations, it is your trust and obedience to the commands of God which shall give you a pass to Heaven.
Oh mortal man! Do not just forget what God has done for you! Oh mortal man! Do not depart from your faith because of life hurdles! Oh mortal man! Give less attention to the pleasures of the earth and stay focused on your Heavenly abode! Oh mortal man! Study the word of God that you shall know what to do when you meet the alluring ways of the world!
Oh mortal man! You have a better home somewhere to go! Stay focused!
Will you grumble against God because you meet difficulties?
by: John Henry Sammis (1846- 1919)
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.