Trial, Victory, Repeat… to Mature and Complete Us

Life is not filled with easy. Seems it’s designed for us to have great moments of victory, and often shortly after, another trial comes. Immediately after being delivered from the hand of the Egyptians, Moses and the Israelites, having crossed the Red Sea on dry land, rejoice in God in spontaneous song, and “Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.” (Exodus 15.20-21)

An incredible miracle just occured, perhaps the largest-scale miracle ever. But within 3 days of this miracle, the people are out of water. The only water they find, is bitter, unfit for consumption. They even name the place Marah, “bitter”.

So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

When all seems lost – again – we see the hand of God to the rescue. “Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink” (v.25). What a beautiful picture of the cross, this tree, bringing salvation to our loss, rescue to our despair, unending water for our thirst.

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed”. 1 Peter 2.24

“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4.14

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!” Galatians 6.9

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1.2-4