The Sweetness from Marah(sfm1)
On the way to the Promised Land, you will have triumphs and trials. The parting of the Red Sea was a triumph and Marah was a trial. Power generated on the mountain is for your valley challenge. How you handle your trials determines whether or not you enter your Promised Land.
These series of poems were penned at a time of severe trial- my Marah if you like. ‘Don’t waste your sorrows’ someone said. There are treasures in dark times, silver lining beyond the clouds and potential gain in every pain. How it turns out depends on your attitude. Your attitude determines your altitude.
Marah represents bitter experiences you and I face from time to time. They can cause distraction, dispair, disappointment, disaster or even destruction if we allow them to. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus- the Autor and finisher of our Faith, He will bring us into our Promised Land.
May the Lord bring sweetness from your bitter experiences as You look to Him in faith, unmoved by what you see but by what He said.
The Waters of Marah
22 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. 23 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. 24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. (Ex15:22-26)
The Wilderness of Shur
Life is not a bed of roses. God gives us spectacular victories but also allows us to go through the valley s of the shadow of death. The untransformed mind resorts to cries and sighs. But the renewed mind like David of old reaches out for God, even in the dry and weary land where there is no water. We are in training for reigning with Him. The virtue of patience only comes through the Valley of Waiting, the Passage of Endurance and High Way of Trial. Hidden in every dark alley, are treasures which only the heart after God will find, and that , through praise, worship and thanksgiving, no matter what.
If David did, you too can. So enjoy where you are on the road to where you’re going.
Let Not Your Marah Make You Bitter
In the Wilderness of Shur,
The trial was so, so sore.
The water was so bitter,
Murmuring grew louder, louder.
The triumphs of mountain high,
Now turned to a valley sigh;
But David knew how to praise
In the dry, thirsty land days.
The man who killed Goliath;
Threw him from mountain to depth,
Was pursued, morning till night,
Even though he brought the light.
He became a refugee
In the Land of enemies;
But David knew how to praise
In the hot, barren land days.
God gave Joseph a great dream,
His brothers vilified him.
They cast him into the pit,
Jealous, thought it was great fit.
They nearly turned to murder,
But someone pleaded better.
Then he was sold as a slave;
He trusted and remained brave.
Paul was beaten, imprisoned;
But through it, he was seasoned.
Ship-wrecked, falsely accused,
Given a thorn and abused,
Yet he encouraged others
Through his marvelous letters.
So friend, let not your Marah,
Make you bitter but sweeter.
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