I remember it like it was yesterday.
I had been praying for a breakthrough in this one specific area of my life for over a year, but it looked like nothing was happening.
Then, one afternoon, I got the news: my prayer was answered. I rejoiced and gave God glory for His faithfulness.
But, before I could finish celebrating, in less than an hour, something else major went wrong. My praise break abruptly ended and I was an emotional wreck.
I recall sulking and feeling like, God, when does it all end?
Have you ever come right out of a triumph and into a trial? If so, you know how emotionally taxing that can be.
It’s like what happened to the children of Israel.
Right after they were delivered from Egyptian slavery through the miraculous Red Sea crossing, they rejoiced. In Exodus 15:1-21, we encounter Moses and the Israelites lifting up a beautiful praise song to God for delivering them.
But then, in verse 22, that jovial exultation was cut short by a bitter circumstance—literally.
The Israelites entered into the Desert of Shur and for three days, there was no water.
Can you imagine being in the hot desert with nothing to drink for three consecutive days? That’s not for the faint of heart!
Then, to make things worse, the Bible says, when they finally did come across some water, they could not drink it, because it was bitter.
That’s why the place was called “Marah,” which is the Hebrew word for bitter.
The people began grumbling and complaining, asking Moses, “What are we going to drink?”
Have you ever come to place in your life, where, for a moment, things appeared to be looking up, but then, you hit a wall or some sort of setback?
Have you ever felt like you didn’t know what your next move would be or where provision would come from to meet your needs?
I’ve been there more than once.
If you’re there right now, this word will encourage you.
In verse 25, God showed Moses a piece of wood. When he threw it in the water, it went from bitter to sweet.
That lets you know God is able to turn your bitter defeats into sweet victories. Just trust Him. Remain faithful. Obey His word. Follow His leading.
The struggle won’t last always.
Friend, God already has a plan to deliver you, just as He did for Israel.
In verse 27—the final verse in this awesome chapter—after Israel had suffered and thirsted, they came to a place called Elim. Here, there were twelve fountains and seventy palm trees, and they were able to camp out near the water.
They went from lack to abundance.
How’s that for a turnaround?
Listen: if you’re going through your own Marah right now, just know, you’re on your way to Elim. Things are going to move from bitter to better.
On your way to the fulfillment of your destiny, you will inevitably have to go through. Even Jesus, our ultimate example, drank from the bitter cup of suffering before He was exalted.
The good news is, that bitter cup, His death by crucifixion, on the third day, ended in victory. And thanks be to God, Christ has already won the victory for us!
So if you can endure this temporary test, what is now bitter, will become sweet in due time.
In the meantime, hold on and know that a shift is coming if you don’t give up.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Isaiah 43:19 KJV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, even if you’re dealing with less-than-ideal circumstances, rejoice for the new thing that’s coming.
Divine blessings and favor belong to you.
Go ahead and praise in the middle of bitter Marah, on your way to Elim, where showers of blessings will spring forth.
Now declare this by faith: life is about to get a whole lot sweeter for me.
And it is so.
Now let’s pray.
God, I’m dealing with a hard situation in my life. But I believe with all my heart that this bitter circumstance will become a sweet victory. So instead of murmuring and complaining, I will praise You while I wait for the new and great things that You are doing to manifest. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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