January 15, 2019

Exodus 15:19 (NLT) — 19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers rushed into the sea, the Lord brought the water crashing down on them. But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground!

Yesterday I woke up to ice on the streets and sidewalks. The day before was nice and the footing firm, today walking on the same sidewalks not so much.  For Pharaoh and his army the footing wasn’t very firm even though they were going where the Israelites had just walked. When we follow the Lord we are where we have firm footing if we don’t follow him, not so much.

Exodus 15:22–23 (NLT) — 22 Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the desert of Shur. They traveled in this desert for three days without finding any water. 23 When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink. So they called the place Marah (which means “bitter”).

With the Egyptians and the Red Sea behind them and a great God on their side, a wonderful worship service, a stirring message from Moses and a commitment of faith in God, the goal of the Israelites was to get to the promised land with no more difficulties and hardships. A lofty goal but certainly not a very realistic goal. So they moved out of ‘church’ so to speak into the outside world. The ‘high’ of victory over the Egyptians lasted three days. Not much better than a drug high.

God was leading them to bitter waters. Life at times can be bitter. God wants us always to lean on Him. He can make the bitter sweet. They were supposed to go three days and then worship. That is what they told Pharaoh. We don’t hear worship coming from them instead we hear complaining. God is looking for worshippers not complainers. What will I be when things get bitter around me?

Exodus 15:24 (NLT) — 24 Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded.

They were questioning God’s abilities and motives. They were giving Him a vote of no confidence. I guess their faith wasn’t that strong in the Lord. Faith is simply living out life by what you believe. If you believe that you are a holy person you will make the effort to live a holy life by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Their goal wasn’t a holy life. Apparently their goal was a happy life and because they couldn’t achieve that goal they got angry and started making demands of God. Ever been their?

Negative emotions are warning signs that you may have a faulty goal. A faulty goal is a goal that can be blocked by forces outside of your control other than God. To have happiness as a goal is okay as long as you have purposed in your heart to be happy with where the road of God is leading you:)

Exodus 15:25 (NLT) — 25 So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink. It was there at Marah that the Lord set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him.

It hardly takes any effort on God’s part to make bitter sweet any old piece of wood will do. God isn’t limited by resources. Remember he needed less to create man and not much more to form woman. There are you happy now:))

Exodus 15:26 (NLT) — 26 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.”

This is the way it must always be in the kingdom of God. We hear the King’s voice and obey. That was all that was required of Adam and Eve and that is all that is required of us. God will test our faith with adversity and we must trust Him explicitly.

We suffer when we don’t listen to the Lord. Many of the heartaches of life can be avoided by listening to and obeying the Lord.

Exodus 15:27 (NLT) — 27 After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water.

God knows where all the oasis’ of life are and from time to time he lets us camp there.

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