// Read: Ex.15:22-27 //
22 Then Moses led the people of Israel on from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the wilderness of Shur and were there three days without water. 23 Arriving at Marah, they couldn’t drink the water because it was bitter (that is why the place was called Marah, meaning “bitter”).

24 Then the people turned against Moses. “Must we die of thirst?” they demanded.

25 Moses pleaded with the Lord to help them, and the Lord showed him a tree to throw into the water, and the water became sweet.

It was there at Marah that the Lord laid before them the following conditions, to test their commitment to him: 26 “If you will listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and obey it, and do what is right, then I will not make you suffer the diseases I sent on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you.” 27 And they came to Elim where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees; and they camped there beside the springs.

God always allow his children to pass through some situations that are difficult in order to test them. He allowed Satan to deal with Job for this same reason. In our passage today, the children of Israel failed the test. But let us learn from Moses. Verse 25 says “And he cried unto the Lord”, every child of God should cultivate the habit of crying unto God and not complaining. He will never permit a situation if there is no way of escape (I Cor. 10:13). Strange enough, they came to Elim where there were 12 wells of water immediately after this

PRAYER: Lord, help me to learn this basic principle of yours correctly.

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