By: Ely Lagajino

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:14 (ESV)

After singing the victory song, the pillar of cloud moves slowly, a sign that everybody should quickly line up within their tribes and move on. The multitude enjoys their tour of the desert. On the second day of continuous walking, however, theirwater supply begins to run out. There is no grocery in the desert to buy mineral water. Then on the third day there is no more drinking water. The Israelites become very thirsty.

But Moses knows as he looks at the pillar of cloud, they are nearing Marah’s spring where the water is not fit to drink. Moses remembers the place during his forty years as a shepherd.

Suddenly the men announce, “There’s water!” The multitude rush to the spring without consulting their leaders. Imagine six hundred thousand men with their wives and children rushing altogether toward the spring of water? If not for the angels’ intervention, many would die of stampede.

Perhaps the first ones to reach the spring are the strong bullies who carry gallons of water and start drinking, but their stomachs refuse to accept the bitter water.  Many more try totaste but they also spew it out. The Israelites become very angry and once again blame their leader, forgetting that they are under Divine guidance. 

Moses does what they have forgotten to do. He praysearnestly to God for help, and the Lord shows him a strange wood. He puts it into the water and the water becomes sweet.  Then the Israelites with their thousands of animals drink the sweetest desert water.

Then God promises them through Moses, that if they will listen to His voice and obey his commandments He will protect them from diseases that the water may have caused.

The Lord allows difficulties to surround us that our hearts may turn to Him.

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