There is no situation too big for God where His children are concerned. When the children of Israel reached the Red Sea, Moses parted the water and led the Israelites across a dry sea floor—just ahead of the pursuing Egyptians who drowned when the waters closed back over them. God’s people should have seen that the Lord was bigger than any problem. Nevertheless, in just a few days the Israelites were murmuring and complaining because they had no water except the bitter water of Marah, which they were unable to drink. (I sometimes wonder if the bitter water reflected the bitterness in their own hearts.)
Here were 2 million people in a desert without water fit to drink, but who did they have with them? Yes! They had the Lord! He instructed Moses to cut down a tree and throw it in the water; then the water was “healed.” People speculate about what kind of tree would have neutralized the bitter water, but I know it was a miracle tree. Just as the Passover lamb typified Jesus, so the tree typified the cross of Calvary. Because of that tree, the bitter waters of sin have been neutralized and we can drink freely of the waters of salvation. God can heal our bodies, and He can heal our circumstances.
It was here at Marah that the Lord gave to Israel, and to us as children of faith, one of the greatest promises of healing found in the Scriptures. When God made the water of Marah “sweet,” He said to the people, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you” –(Exodus 15:26 NIV).
Let’s praise God that through Him, we can be healed!