When We Experience the Bitter Water in Our Lives

Exodus 15:25: “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 sweet.”

We can’t live on this earth without experiencing bitter waters in our lives. Sickness, loss of a loved one, unemployment, financial struggles, and family conflict are a few of the bitter waters we may go through.

When I experience bitter waters, I may sit in shock and do nothing for a while. Other times, I may cry and wring my hands. I allow the external circumstances to affect my heart and my attitude.

What happens when you experience bitter waters? One of my friends says she eats. Another friend swims several laps as she processes the situation. A third one goes for a walk at the beach or the park and talks to God about it.

In the midst of my trials, I can pray and cling to God’s promises in the Bible. Unfortunately, that is not always my first resort but rather my last one.

Verses 22-23 tell us the Israelites traveled in the desert for three days without finding water. When they arrived in Marah, they couldn’t drink the water because it was bitter. In verse 24, they complained to Moses.

In our Bible verse for today, Moses went straight to God. God listened to Moses and gave him a solution. Verse 25 says, “The LORD showed him a piece of wood.” Moses didn’t doubt God or tell him that was a ridiculous thing to show him. Instead Moses “threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.”

God blessed Moses’ faith and obedience. In verse 26, God says, “I am the LORD who heals you.” Verse 27 says the Israelites went to Elim, “where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.”

We can grumble and drink bitter water, or we can take our troubles to God. We can wait for God to transform our bitter waters into sweet ones and give us “twelve springs and seventy palm trees.”

Dear God, please transform my bitter waters into sweet ones. Amen.

Application: When will you stop grumbling this week and trust God?

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