The Desert of Bitterness ~ TESTING

Not lost in the Sinai desert. But still the Israelites found themselves very unhappy. The bitter waters of Marah confronted God's thirsty infant nation.# Freedom was insufficient to also see blessing.

Bitterness is life-sapping. Foul to the body. A deadly pollutant to the soul. It weighs us down like gravity.

Bitterness must be rejected if sweet waters are to be ever found. This was the constant wrestle of Israel - God's chosen people. Likely too for His own today.

A spirit of bitterness is as difficult to shake as a snake with fangs inserted for the kill.

Moses wisely cried out to the Lord. 

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test (Exodus 15:25)

It is at the pool of bitterness that God's life-giving commands are heard. Beside the cooling, even inviting pool of bitterness reclines the choice to obey.

Disobedience delivers death. 

When eyes gaze into a pool of bitterness, copy Moses. Cry out to the Lord for correction, for transformation. He will advise.

A smiling face brings joy,

A healthy body holds energy, but

A bitter heart withers the soul.


The pool of bitterness is first a place of testing. The bitterness must be passed for life to continue well.


If the thirst for God is not stronger after the rescue than it was in slavery, then the new rescue can only free old habits and sin to be repeated. If I complain in Egypt then it is likely I will grumble too when set free.

Today's Soul Snippet:

Begin each day as you seek to live it - with the Lord.

Read also the Introduction to The Desert of Bitterness,

The Desert of Bitterness - RESCUE,

The Desert of Bitterness - MULTIPLICATION

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