02-04-07

It was about the most amazing rescue that had ever occurred or would ever occur in history.  Two million people miraculously rescued as the Red Sea parted and they were rescued from their enemy.  And yet, as the people caught their breath on the other shore, things began to unravel.  They soon found that they had run out of water.  When they finally found an oasis, the waters were bitter, unfit for human consumption (Exo. 15).

Though this was a real, historical event, I can’t help but ponder on how much the event parallels our own lives.  We may have been through the greatest of deliverances, we might have experienced God’s touch in the most amazing of ways, and yet we find ourselves camped out and stuck in a place of bitterness.  Oh how bitterness robs us in life.  It poisons our heart.  It takes the wind out of our sails.  It stops us dead in our tracks as we sink into deeper levels of anger and depression.

But this didn’t stop Moses and it didn’t stop the Lord.  When the people complained about the bitterness, he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet… (Exo 15:25 NKJV).  I don’t think the lesson is about herbal remedies.  I think it’s about the tree.  It’s about the cross.  And when our lives seemed poisoned with bitterness, we need to bring the cross into the middle of the bitterness and remember the love that God displayed toward us as His Son bore our sorrows.  Let Him take away the poison of bitterness.  Drink deep of His sweet, sweet mercy.