Pastor Tim Romero
Exodus 15:23–25 (ESV): "23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. 24 And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?" 25 And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet."
When life gets bitter we need not complain but look for the log whereby Jesus was crucified. It will surely bring sweetness to our hearts and satisfy our thirsty soul.
Three days after having experienced a mountaintop moment, the parting of the Red Sea and a spontaneous worship and praise session on the opposite shore, the children of Israel began to complain. They had no water to drink and the water they found in Marah was bitter. Moses cried out to God and the Lord led him to a log that was prepared and waiting for such a time as this. Moses took the log and tossed it in and the waters became sweet.
Like the children of Israel we too will experience bitter moments in life, be it a diagnosis or a broken relationship, a loss of sorts or perhaps a circumstance we can't shake. Whatever the cause the remedy is simple, look to the Cross. It is our source of sweetness. It quenches a thirsty soul. When you find yourself in the wilderness parched and weary don't complain. Look to Jesus. He will bring joy to your heart and strength to your feeble knees. The cross is enough, nothing more, nothing less.
Father, we thank You for giving us Your Son. Where else would we turn for healing and restoration. It's by His stripes we are healed. May we look to the Cross in bitter times with expectation of our water turning sweet. What a wonderful and glorious truth we have to cling to. Fill us with hope and peace in all circumstances we pray in Jesus name, amen!