…when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter… And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So they cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. Exodus 15: 23-25
The people who tended to grumble over many things were worried about what they were to drink. Survival at its core. We watch Dual Survival as a family. In this show, two people are dropped off in the middle of nowhere and left to find their way out which could take days. Water is almost always an issue in every episode. Without water, survival chances are greatly diminished. These Israelites wandering in the wilderness had come to this point in their journey – desperately in need of water and finding water only to find it bitter? Ever think you have finally found the diagnosis, the prescription, the supplement, the doctor that will finally break this disease off of you. I have, only to discover that it was not the answer after all and bitter is a good word for the feeling that produces in me. Bitter disappointment.
God told Moses to throw the tree into the water and Moses as an act of obedience did just that. And water that was undrinkable, unable to satisfy their thirst because it was bitter, became sweet and drinkable and life sustaining. That tree represents the cross of Jesus where He died to take our sins and our diseases; where He gave His life so that what is bitter and unuseable in our lives could become sweet and useable. He took every form of death so that we can have every form of life.
It was at this time that God revealed Himself as Jehovah Rapha. 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
On Dual Survival, we are supposed to believe that these two men have no idea what they will encounter and have to use their wits and whatever they can find to make it out to safety. And, of course, week after week, they do. Our lives aren’t so predictable. We don’t know what we will encounter, we don’t know how long this disease will be a part of our life, how long pain will define our comings and goings. But we can take refreshment in drinking the sweet waters provided for us by Jesus on the cross. We can rest in His completed work and know that whatever we encounter, He is there and able to turn even the bitterest of waters into something sweet.
Thank You Jesus for taking all that is lacking in my life and making it full to overflowing. Thank You for turning even my bitterest moments into moments of sweetness as I look upon You and Your sacrifice. You bless me in so many ways today and I know I can trust my future to You. Thank You for being my healer God. Amen.
Do you need healing? Can I pray with you, for you? Please let me know.
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