Exodus 15:27 (NIV)
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
“[Elim] is exactly why I love the ending to the narrative… because it demonstrates that when you align yourself under God in order to live in light of His healing power, He can give you more than enough. But notice that the Israelites didn’t get to Elim by skipping Marah. They got to Elim by going through the test at Marah.” (Tony Evans, The Power of God’s Names)
The Lord’s heart is to bring us from the desert places of bitter hurt and despair to the abundant places of healing and life. Elim is a place where we don’t lack or thirst in any way because we get to enjoy God and his provision. It’s a place where we tangibly sense and live in his blessing. We feel the wind in our hair, we feel the breath of God on our necks.
All of us want to go to Elim. But the only path to Elim is through Marah – or to say it plainly, the only way for us to experience genuine abundance is to know God as our healer. Each one of us, no exceptions, needs to experience in a personal way God miraculously turning our bitter into sweet, our sickness into wholeness. Today, let’s respond to the Lord’s invitation to meet him at Marah. His heart is to heal us and bring us to new places of blessing and abundance.
Prayer: “Lord, thank you that you never leave us where we are. You heal us and bring us into your abundant promises. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Let’s worship to “Thank You Jesus” by Hillsong (click here).