The God Who is One Step Ahead (Exodus 15:22-27)Pastor Justin Pratt, July 9, 2017
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The Israelites were wandering through the desert, thirsty, and in a bind. They began complaining to Mosses, even wishing they were back in Egypt. Finally, the end of their drought was over. There was a well in sight and it had water in it.
But they spewed it from their mouths, for the water was bitter. They thought it was over, but it just got worse. They let the water make themselves bitter as well.
But God, many years before, had planted a tree nearby that would be the answer to their problems! God had provided a solution to their problem long before they had encountered it!
Are you going through a dry season of bitterness? Have you thought the end was in sight, only to see things get worse?
Have faith; we serve a God who is always one step ahead of us...
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22So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 23And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed 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, 26And 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 statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. 27And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. (KJV)