Fri, January 18, 2019
Exodus 15:23 – When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter...the Lord showed (Moses) a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.
The Israelites did not expect bitter water. After such a remarkable deliverance through Red Sea waters, they did not anticipate the hardships ahead. Only three days into their wilderness journey and their songs of rejoicing turned into sounds of murmuring. How quickly praises at the Red Sea gave place to complaining at Marah! The “piece of wood” had been there all the time, but Moses had not seen it (or known of its sweetening properties) until the Lord showed it to Him. We need to ask the Lord to open our eyes to the realities that exist around us. God always has solutions for His people; but sometimes our eyes need to be opened (Luke 24:30-33).
Sat, January 19, 2019
Rest In God
Exodus 15:27 (NIV)– Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
The Children of Israel had just survived their first big challenge in the Wilderness journey. Now they camped happily beside fresh water springs and under the shade of palm trees. This was not a time for worry about tomorrow. It was a moment to rest and relax in the loving provision of God. Do you know how to rest in God? Do you know how to trust the future into His hands, surrender your fears to Christ, and live in the peace that He has provided for you in this day? It takes a disciplined heart to push aside the worry and fear, but faith frees us to believe the best and trust God with the rest. Enjoy the blessings tucked into this day.