Read Exodus 15
Focus on verse 24
I remember when we lived up north and a long and cold winter would set in by early November with an abundance of snow, and we’d all be griping and complaining about the cold and the ice and shoveling driveways and freezing pipes. In a matter of a few short months, the snow melted and and we’d all be eager for spring to arrive, but then…by June, we’d all be complaining about how unbearably hot it was getting, and I’d think to myself… people! In a couple more months its going to be freezing again… and then what will be be saying? This happens every year! It should not come as a surprise. It makes me think that there are at least some of us who are never happier than when we have something to complain about.
In today’s reading the people of Israel are finally free of the heavy hand of Egypt, and on their way across the desert to inhabit the land of Canaan that God was going to give them.
Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 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?” (v. 22-24)
Think about this… three short days after seeing what they saw God do to the army of Pharaoh at the Red Sea, and the people are grumbling about a water shortage. How quickly they forgot that they had a great and mighty God who loved them and provided everything they needed. It is easy for us to look back in retrospect and judge the people of Israel for being fickle and forgetful, however, I am reminded of how quickly we also forget. Perhaps this is why God prompted the writers of the Bible to include the numerous exhortations for us to give thanks in all circumstance, and to rejoice in all things. All I have to do is stop to think a moment, to realize how good I have it, and how much I have to be thankful for…it is so much more than I need for simply sustaining life. Health and strength and food and shelter and friends and family and peace and safety… Lord, forgive me for being such an ungrateful whiner!