The Lord can turn any situation around. In this story from the book of Exodus, the people of God had experienced great challenges and great deliverance. They had seen how the Lord rescued them from Egypt, only to find themselves caught between the sea and the approaching army. God opened the sea and made a way for them. The approaching army followed them into the sea, and they drowned when the path through the sea closed. The people of God celebrated with great rejoicing and singing, their enemy had been defeated and they were free. The Lord had turned the tables and turned their situation around. The next challenge was a small one, in the light of what they had just been through, but they failed this test, but God still came through for them and turned bitter water sweet.
THE PATH OF LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH
Life has its fair share of ups and downs, mountains and valleys, challenges and breakthroughs, joys and sorrows, bitter and sweet, as well as failures and victories. All these aspects make up the rich tapestry of life. Why would we need and enjoy a breakthrough if there was no challenge. It’s how we choose to respond to the negatives that ultimately determines the outcome. God has a way of working things out and turning situations around.
Exodus 15:23-24When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink. So they called the place Marah (which means ”bitter”). Then the people complained and turned against Moses. ”What are we going to drink?” they demanded.
It’s interesting to note that they (the people) called the place bitter, it was the name they gave to it. This was not the way that God saw it and it was not the name that He gave to the place. When we go through difficulties, we can write off the whole situation and label it as something that it in all likelihood may not be. You might call something a disaster or a bitter pill, when God sees it as an opportunity or a possibility for a sweet outcome. In the middle of this situation the people developed a negative attitude and started complaining and demanding. I often find people responding on social media in a similar way when they see or read something they do not like, or something they feel strongly about. The challenge is not to become agitated but live in dependence on God, Who is able to turn any situation around.
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