Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the Wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the Wilderness and they found no water. When they came to Marah they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
I went out into the wilderness. It was barren. It was empty. It was hopeless. And I thirsted. I thirsted for something I could not find. I went in the wilderness looking but found no water. I went into the wilderness but found no water. And out of my thirst I took whatever I could find. I let substitutions feed me. I let them try to satisfy me. But those waters, they could not feed me. I bathed in them. I tried to drink them. I tried to take them in. I tried to let them be the thing I needed. But those waters. Those waters could not satisfy. I wanted them to. I tried to make them. But I could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter.
Bitter waters. Waters I tried to sustain myself on. Waters I tried to gain life from. Waters that had no hope for life.
How often do we live on bitter waters. Bitter, lifeless, joy-stealing waters.
How often do we let the world tell us what will give us life, what will satisfy that thirst.
How often do we settle for something we must choke down.
The world says “Drink!” and so we try. But we cannot drink the waters of Marah, for they are bitter.
And life gets stale. And our souls are thirsty. And we don’t know what to do because what we think is life giving is actually life stealing. And there is no being filled, but we continue to drink. Because we know no better. And what we think is life giving is actually depriving.
And so we grumble. And so we cry out, what shall we drink?!
So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” Then Moses cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed Him a tree. And he threw the it into the waters, and the water became sweet.
He is always our remedy.
And these waters are our lives.
And the tree is the cross.
And we cry out for an answer, for a remedy. And we grumble for an answer, for a remedy. And even in our grumblings He shows mercy. And we find the answer is in the cross. It is our only remedy. He is our only remedy. And this cross is thrown, hurled into our lives, into our waters and those waters becomes sweet. Our lives become sweet, satiable, satisfying.Our lives become abundant. For I have come that they may have life. And have it more abundant.
And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statues, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians. For I, the Lord, am your healer.”
He is our remedy. He is our healer. He makes the waters sweet.
He removes all Marah. The Marah in our lives. The places that lack. The places that thirst. Oh that we would let the Tree come in. Oh that we would throw the Tree into our waters. And taste the sweet. For He removes all Marah.
Exodus 15: 22-26| John 10:10