The Holy Spirit recently spoke to me in an astounding and powerful way. It is so easy to look at all the bad things going on around you and feel very defeated that there could ever be victory over Satan; and believe me Satan is a professional at making you feel that the battle will be so hard and never ending that you will never find a way through, around, or over.
It is true that he is relentless and will never give up looking for the tiniest of openings to try to devour you. But God provides a way for the Christian to walk in victory each day.
It is one of the simplest things to do, but also one of the hardest in terms of actually doing it day after day.
All you have to do is keep your eyes on God and the truths that are written in the Word of God. If you do this every day, you will be such a powerful influence for the Kingdom of God that Satan will be very threatened.
Exodus 15: 25 – …there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them.
I will give you the summary of the rest of the chapter and what God showed me. It’s not that you don’t already know some things, but God just has to sometimes give you a crystal clear word picture so that you come away changed forever.
God had delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians in an awesome way. The majority of the 15th chapter (vs. 1-21) is about the celebration they had because they were so blown away at what God had done.
I’m sure we all would be celebrating if we had seen the sea part and we walked directly through it on totally dry land with the water heaped up on either side. What an awesome thing to see!
Then almost immediately God would let them go through a test because He wanted to show them His Greatness and also how much He loved them. They walked in the wilderness three days without finding water, and when they did come to a drinking place, the water was very bitter and undrinkable. They called this place Marah because the water was bad.
You can imagine that the Israelites, all 2 – 3 million of them, were not in a very good mood by this time. In fact, they were all probably almost to the point of a riot.
Since Moses was powerless to do anything else, he fell on his face before God and cried out to him with an extremely passionate plea. The Hebrew word “cried” means to shriek, or to proclaim. Wouldn’t you have done the same if you were in his situation? I’m sure he had more than once thought about his safety and well being with this angry mob.
When God saw that Moses was sincere in asking, He showed him what to do to solve the problem.
Vs 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: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
The statute, or principle and the ordinance, or right was this:
That in all seasons of need and seeming impossibility the Lord would send deliverance straight from above, and that Israel might expect this during their wilderness journey.
The statute is for all times the principle of God’s guidance; the ordinance, the right or privilege of our heavenly citizenship.
But He also ever “proves” us by this that the enjoyment of our right and privilege is made to depend upon a constant exercise of faith.
Taken from Bible History of the Old Testament written by Alfred Edersheim
So many times I have thought of problems or hard circumstances as things that are really bad, but have seldom thought of them as things that could be used to make me build character or grow stronger as a Christian.
The last four words of the above quote “constant exercise of faith” really opened my eyes to the fact that sometimes God allows hard things to come into my life just because He wants to make me into a stronger Christian who will make the choice to depend on Him no matter what comes my way. He loves me more than anyone else ever could, and wants me to have such a close relationship with Him that I know His Character – which is He always wants the BEST for my life.
In turn, that means that I totally believe that whatever the Bible says is true, and I won’t entertain thoughts of anything less. No matter what Satan might want me to believe, I only believe what God says, knowing that He will be responsible for bringing to pass what He has promised.
Vs 26-27 (this continued from verse 25)
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statues, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and three score and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.
God wanted to show them that He already had a wonderful plan in mind to meet their needs even before they encountered the problem. All they could see was a vast desert stretching before them and a pool of bad water; God saw the whole desert from above and knew just how far they were from wonderful shade and already knew exactly how He would handle the problem of the bitter water.
I have wondered if He made the water bitter just to teach them an awesome lesson they would not forget about His ability to always take care of them even in the worst of situations.
The next time you are faced with a “wilderness experience” remember that God already knows exactly where your deliverance will come from and when it will happen. Trust Him with everything in you and then let Him work supernaturally on your behalf to handle whatever problem arises!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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