“When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.”
– Exodus 15:23-27 ESV
After God has taken out the Israelites from Egypt, Moses is yet faced again with another circumstances: first is a question to his leadership and second is responding to do God’s will for them (the Israelites). Their hearts was so hardened that all they could do is complain to Moses and to God instead of looking at the bright side that they were released from the claws of the hardship that they faced when they were in Egypt. Even after God undeniably showed His mighty hand to both Egyptians and Israelites, they (the Israelites) still have a room for complains
Talk about hardship! If I were Moses, I would’ve given up on them that easily [insert table flip meme here]. Not only that you hear complains left and right, you’d also have to deal with the heat of the sun, provision, the starvation, the coolness of night, and the hard-headed people of Israel. I’m glad I’m not Moses!
God provided water by making Moses throw a log to Marah to make it drinkable for them despite of their obvious lack of trust from Moses’ leadership, and God’s ability to provide for them. But that didn’t stopped there. God made them a statute and a rule to test them. They would need to listen to Moses as God’s microphone for them to obey and to hear God’s voice through him.
So what’s the lesson here? First, adversities makes us hear more from God, not from the world. Just like one of my older post, if we are too focus in our own needs, we are missing God’s hand working in our lives. God’s silence doesn’t mean He’s not doing anything; God is working through us even when He’s silent.
Second, provision comes from the Lord. The Lord knows what we need, all we have to do is ask. It says in Matthew 7:7 that all we have to do is to simply ask.
Third, obedience first then provision will come. Even after all the complaining of the Israelites, God still demonstrated His mercy by allowing them to encamp by the water were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees are at present.
Stepping out of your Egypt is never easy. God pruning our character is never easy. But all are worth it if we allow God to step into our wilderness and trust Him working in us and through us.
God demands our eyes to see Him working and demands our ears to listen diligently to Him.
I pray that we will lean on Him alone.