From Praise to Distress

Water, Manna, & Quail | Devotion 1: From Praise to Distress
Josh Lahring

I like to think that had I seen the Red Sea part open, that I would totally trust God and all His ways and that I would always believe that He will make a way. There is no way there could ever be any doubt after seeing something like that, right? However, this is not the case. I have personally seen God do miraculous works in my own life and yet when another circumstance comes up, I am quick to forget that God was there for me before and He is with me now.

After the Red Sea parted and they had crossed over on dry land, Moses and the people of Israel sang a song to the Lord. At the end of the song, it says, “You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain, the place, O Lord, which you have made for your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established. The Lord will reign forever and ever” (Exodus 15:17-18).

Moses was proclaiming the promise of God was true! God said He would bring His people into the place which He had made for them. Then only three days later, Moses is crying out to God to save them from death.

Exodus 15:23-25 says, “When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?’ 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.”

We often think that since we believe the promises of God that He should be there making our path easy. Why was the water not just drinkable when they got there? God knew they were thirsty since they had been in the wilderness for three days without water. Think about if the water had been good to drink right when they got there. Would they even have acknowledged or thanked God for it? No. They would have been happy that they had found the water just in time before they died. God wants us to rely on Him for all our needs totally. He wants us to cry out to Him and need Him more than anything else. Then when He moves, we will fully realize that it was only through Him that a way was made and that He is the only one that deserves all the glory!

To God be the glory!

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