Over the last few days, I have been pondering over the story of Easter, the death, the crucifixion and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The last couple of days have been a party for some and for others it has been a moment of reflection. I stumbled upon this scripture and I immediately knew this is what God would want me to write to His children. It’s gonna be a short one this one, so walk with me.
Exodus 15: 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:
I love how it starts. And when they came to Marah……
See, it wasn’t a matter of if they will come to Marah or not, it was a matter of when they will come to Marah. I have said this repeatedly in my previous articles. Trouble in this life is inevitable and even the Bible itself acknowledges that fact. We live in a beautiful yet wicked world. Life has no guarantees that it won't throw trouble your way. We most often have no say over what life throws at us as we journey through it. And so, in this walk of life brothers and sisters, we all get to a point in life where we get to Marah.
The place of bitter waters. the place where finances become a problem, getting a job is a prayer item day in day out, marriage ain't working, relationship's gone sour, finishing that college degree is a nightmare, chronic diseases lingering like they're a part of you. We all experience bitter episodes in life. Marah distinguishes not the rich from the poor, the homeless from the homeowners, the learned ones from the illiterate. Everybody gets to Marah in one way or another. The place where our faith is tested, a place where we feel like we want to throw in the towel and walk away.
What do you do when you get to the Marah stage of your life? Well, just as Moses threw the tree in the bitter waters and they became sweet, in the same manner our Father in heaven has taken up the old wooden rugged cross and placed it on His only begotten son. Jesus died a painful and a shameless death on the cross in-order to make our lives sweeter.
Here’s the thing child of God, there’s hope for us at Marah. The solution is not in grumbling and murmuring. The answer is looking up to the cross of Jesus on Mount Calvary, the cross that brings us redemption and gives us another shot at life. The promise of a bitter life episode turned sweet, the promise of a sweet eternal life is on that old rugged wooden cross.
The catastrophe of life however, is when you experience the bitter moments in life yet you have no personal relationship with Jesus. It is not enough to hang a wooden cross on your neck, you have to have a personal relationship with the bearer of the cross. If you would like me to lead you to the Savior, please drop a comment below or send me an email [Mjete.Tim@gmail.com] and I'll be glad to do just that.
Child of God, Look to the cross!