Exodus 15:19 – 24
19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen[e] went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.”
22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
One of God’s greatest miracles of all time had just occurred; the parting of the Red Sea. The Israelites celebrated with song and dance led by Moses and Miriam in praise to God. How long did this spiritual high last? Three days. Now granted, I have never been in the dessert without water for three days so I can only imagine the discomfort and anxiety they were feeling. How long do we stay on spiritual mountain tops before the discomfort and anxiety of our circumstances overtake us? What makes us complain and fearful? What takes our focus from the joy God has provided and entrenches us in self-pity and fear and causes our complaining?
Moses had direct encounters with God, but the Israelites as a whole did not have the benefit of the Risen Savior or the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help with enduring hardships. We have that benefit. We need to remember the difficulties of this world are the result of man’s sinfulness that Jesus has overcome for us. Although we may not be able to change our circumstances we can change our attitude toward them. We can trust God no matter how we feel.
Lord, help us to be prepared with the Armor of God and always have hope in you. In Jesus’ name, Amen
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:10-18)