Exodus 15:27 (HCSB)
27 Then they came to Elim, where there were 12 springs of water and 70 date palms, and they camped there by the waters.
The Israelite’s journey to the promised land begins in earnest, no longer in fear of Pharaoh. And it takes only three days to start complaining! Granted, the “grumbling” is directed to Moses (Exodus 15:24), but in reality it is a complaint against God. And then God does some more cool stuff:
- He turns undrinkable water drinkable. While during the plagues God turned the water undrinkable, He does the reverse here. Not only is God a God of power and justice, able to mete out righteous punishment, but He is gracious and loving, able to turn death to life. And yet again, as if somehow the miracles He has performed were not enough for the Israelites, the last just three days prior, God does another one, further demonstrating His control and power.
- God then teaches, and reassures, Israel. I especially find Exodus 15:26 interesting in that God says, “For I am Yahweh who heals you.” Why “heals”? Why not, considering the context, “feeds”, or “provides”, or “sustains”?
- God then shows what He provides when we are faithful. It seems that if the Israelites had refrained from their grumbling, they would have reached Elim that much sooner, and enjoyed the blessing of God that much more. Perhaps when we think we need God to show up right now, right where we have stopped to complain, that’s when we need to walk a little further in faith and with Him in order to fully enjoy His grace and abundance.
Lord, thank You for providing, for sustaining, and for healing us. I am often standing still, asking (demanding?) for You to show up and work. Help me to recognize those times, and to walk along with You, into the plans You have for me. Amen.