Exo 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, … and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
The Israelites journey in the wilderness was well documented so that we can learn important principles about walking with God. After Israel experienced walking through the sea on dry land, their next journey was three days without water, and the Israelites murmured! They couldn’t understand how God would part a sea and could not supply needs!
One thing I learned in the story is that God prioritizes his miracles. He will not deny what your destiny cannot do without. If the Lord does not give it, he knows you can still survive without it. God parted the sea because that was a miracle necessary to actualize his purpose. If the Lord did not part the red sea, Pharaoh will destroy the Israelites and God’s purpose will be forfeited.
But as they thirst in the wilderness, God refused to give them miraculous water because he knew within 4 days of the journey they would get to, Elim, a place of surplus water (vs 27). The solution to their thirst is to keep moving! God may not miraculously supply your immediate need if he already knows abundance lies just ahead of you. Sometimes he just wants you to keep moving, enduring the hardship because if you don’t stop you will soon get to your place of surplus.
“You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us into abundance” (Psa 66:12). God may not likely spoil you along the journey, soldiers are trained with hardship. If the journey is as comfortable as the destination, you may not bother to move on, you can as well settle anywhere along the way. In the journey with God, you will go through water and fire, keep following him, he is leading you to your place of abundance.
Even though Israel had nothing to drink for three days, there was no casualty, not even the small children fainted. This was not because they were energetic, it was because they were supernaturally sustained. That you’ve been without a job for many months and not starving is grace, that you’ve been waiting for the fruit of the womb for years and your marriage is still standing is grace, that you have nobody to sponsor your education yet you are now in the final year is grace.
I know you wish things are better than they are. But as bad as they seem, the fact that you have not lost your mind is an evidence that God is right with you. “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side when men rose up against us,… they would have swallowed us alive” (Psa 124:2-3). Stop murmuring about the waters and the fire of affliction you have had to pass through, instead start thanking God that you have not been submerged by the waters, praise him because the flames of the fire did not set you ablaze!
The bottom-line of what God is saying is, “just trust me as I lead you in the journey”. Even if I have to take you through the valley of the shadow of death, do not fear or murmur, I’ve got the rod and the staff to guide you through! Endure the journey, God promises a glorious destination!
You shall get to your promise land in Jesus name!
by Oyindamola Adejumo-Ayibiowu PhD