Summary: To lead the people to understand how the Lord guides, provides and corrects us during our journeys of faith.
Water for Thirsty Travelers Exodus 15:22-27
1. Aim: To lead the people to understand how the Lord guides, provides and corrects us during our journeys of faith.
Illustration:F.E. Marsh has enumerated some of God’s blessings:
An acceptance that can never be questioned. (Ephesians 1:6).
An inheritance that can never be lost (I Peter 1:3-5).
A deliverance that can never be excelled (2 Corinthians l:10).
A grace that can never be limited (2 Corinthians 12:9).
A hope that can never be disappointed. (Hebrews 6:18, 19).
A bounty that can never be withdrawn. (I Colossians 3:21-23).
A joy that need never be diminished (John 15:11).
A nearness to God that can never be reversed (Ephesians 2:13).
A peace that can never be disturbed (John 14:27).
A righteousness that can never be tarnished (2 Corinthians 5:21).
A salvation that can never be canceled (Hebrews 5:9).
2. Explanation of the Aim: As Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea and into the Shur Desert, the masses became thirsty. Instead of stopping to pray and ask God for a solution to their problem, the people found the water at Marah too bitter to drink. Immediately the people complained to Moses saying,
What are we going to drink? They demanded a quick solution to their problem with a belligerent attitude. In effect the grumbling against Moses and Aaron were complaints against the Lord. Paul wrote, Do not grumble as some of them did B and were killed by a destroying angel. (I Cor. 10:10)
The Lord urges us to do everything without complaining or arguing so that we may become blameless and pure. (Phil. 2:14,15) The people who God uses are those who trust God for His guidance, provision and corrections with a submissive heart.
3. The Bible Story: It is not uncommon for the Lord to lead us to places where we face physical, emotional or mental inadequacies. Similarly, the people of Israel had gone three days in the wilderness without a drink of water. Even though they found water at Marah, it was too bitter to drink. God has the right to do whatever He wants in our life. Sometimes the Lord allows conditions to get worse so that we can learn to trust Him to make things better. Instead of asking the Lord for a solution to their problem, the people of Israel complained bitterly to Moses. God dislikes people to demand immediate answers to their problems with a belligerent attitude. Graciously, God gave Moses a solution to the problem. He instructed Moses to take a branch and throw it into the water. Instantly, the water became pure, fresh and healthy to drink. The Lord uses bitter times in our lives to test our faithfulness. Allow the Lord to make you better rather than bitter from every trial.
4. Help people think about their reaction to difficult circumstances. Ask the people what do they do when they get hungry and thirsty? Ask the people if they complain to their parents when they do not get what they want? Find out if they people know what God thinks about complainers who demand satisfaction? (Phil. 2:13,14)