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Summary: Thi is for a believer who feels thirst and hungry for the things of God

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FROM BITTER TO SWEET

Exodus 15:23-26

“So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.”

Believer in Jesus, has your soul gone along time without its thirst being slaked by the fresh waters of the Holy Spirit? You thirst for God to rescue your from these present sufferings and long for the wine of joy to intoxicate you or the streams of peace to cool your burning frustrated emotions. Yes, you have read his promise, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” But you are still so dehydrated. It is hard to pray, even more difficult to believe… You have been rescued from bondage in Egypt, or saved from spiritual slavery and the tyranny of the Pharaoh Lucifer. They were baptized unto Moses with the water of the Red Sea, and you too have been baptized into Christ and taken the signature of the Son of God on your spirit. You rejoiced in your salvation and sang the Song of your heavenly Moses-Jesus! You, like these followers of Jehovah in the desert, have abandoned your whole life to Christ to trust him daily instead of relying on the fleshpots of Egypt or the world’s lifestyle to meet your needs? Now you are in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water-you are experiencing trials that seem beyond your ability to bear. You can identify with King David when he said, “I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.” (Ps. 69:3)

“And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?”

This verse could read two ways. First, they could not drink of the waters for they (the Israelites) were bitter. Bitterness is a tormenting sin, a torture that many soul with in agony with today. The worst thing about bitterness is that it make a person unable to receive God’s blessing. The hand of faith is withered, the heart that would trust is faint, the mind is clouded with confusion. God deliver us all from this drought of the soul! There is nothing that makes a person more sour than trust that is betrayed, and somehow this mistrust is directed toward God. So, people have filled themselves, and gorged themselves on the bitter things which actually reveals their starvation for spiritual sustenance. “To the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” (Prov. 27:7b). Their heart is enslaved to the past and the people that have hurt them. They seek to fill their souls with all the deadly delicacies of revenge, accusation and unforgiveness. “And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor?” (Jeremiah 2:18) There are even some Christians who are drinking from the wrong faucet. Constantly, the Lord would reprove his own people for their infatuation with the world, and this verse directly translated would say, “What hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of the muddy river?”


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