The One Who Sweetly Heals
June 26, 2011
The Israelites had gone a while in the desert without water. They found some finally but ironically it was bitter water, marah. They began doing what we usually do, murmuring and complaining about their leader, Moses, and their God, I AM. They made Moses cry but he cried out to God not about God or at God. Crying out to God when we’re frustrated or hurting is exactly what we’re supposed to do.
God told him there was a tree whose branch would make the water sweet. Kind of like Jesus changes and softens us when He knocks on the door and comes to sup with us. So Moses put the branch in the water and the people drank freely.
Then God led them to an oasis of twelve wells and bunches of palm trees. So the people had abundance. God’s abundance can do a couple of things depending on our attitude. It can heal the fear and create confidence and rest in Him. Or abundance can cause us to expect and even demand the best only and at all times.
God meant for this time of abundance to comfort and heal them as they were weary of the desert. And mainly it was to give them a trust in Him. He was their Healer and He was going to be beside them all the way.