There are times on our journey in life when things are very, very difficult. It may even seem like we can’t get a break (beyond the normal day to day struggles). The wilderness is a place where God deals heavily with us. He tests us…tests our character and our faith. He also deals with our attitudes. UGH!
We can read in Exodus how God lead the Israelites through the wilderness to their promised land. He eventually lead them to the place called Marah…it was a place where the water was very bitter. Now the Iraelites had been traveling for a long time and they needed water….they were thirsty and tired….and God let them to a place where the water was too bitter for them to drink!!! YIKES! He may do the same for us; He may take us to a place to show us our hearts and expose any bitterness. He does this to remove everything that is going to separate us from Him. Maybe God has brought you to such a place. It is not designed to cause pain….it is a place where He can show you just how wonderfully mighty He is….He will provide healing and remove all the “filth” from our hearts. He did just that for the Israelites…He healed the water so that they could drink!
Exodus 15:22-27 (NIV)
Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desertof Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah). So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
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. 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.”
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.