From the depths of the sea to the wilderness of Shur they had been led. Three days they had walked with no water in sight. Their cattle were perishing and hope was dying. With lips parched and dry they muttered their discontent.
Ahead they saw the waters of Marah and hearts leaped with expectation. They could almost taste the coolness of the water that was just within their reach. Scalded feet quickened their pace as they raced to the water’s edge.
One taste to quench their thirst was all they asked. One taste of the stagnant pool and hope was dashed. The waters were as bitter as gall upon their tongue. Sepia tints of desert sand blurred their hope and dreams were dashed.
How quickly they had forgotten the One who held back the mighty ocean and dried a path through the sea bed so they could walk in freedom. God had brought them to this lonely place of sad regret. These people followed Him but they did not trust Him.
This was to be a testing ground of their faith. It was there in that bitter place that “the Lord made a decree and a law for them, there he tested them.” Exodus 25:25 (NIV)
Some of God's purpose for those in-between places:
- God will also use the place of in-between to prepare us for places of greater ministry.
The Place of In-between, part 1
When God Is Silent