So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. Exodus 15:22-25
God is the God of yesterday, tomorrow and the future.
He is with you today, He was with you yesterday and He has already being in tomorrow. He is eternal and outside of time. However as humans we are bound in time and I know for myself, my brain begins to ache when I explore the unlimitness of eternity and God’s time bending nature.
Today, whatever obstacle you face you can be confident and assured that God has prepared a way forward. He has prepared a tree.
Before Moses and the Israelites even began on their adventure in the wilderness God had prepared a miracle. Twenty years before the people of Israel arrived beside these bitter waters, dry, parched and desperate for hydration, God had made a way where there seemed no way. A seed found its way into the ground, grew and flourished. A tree with a purpose, purposed by God.
The God of past, present and future provided for their present time of testing back in their past.
Likewise, the God of past, present and future has provided for you present and future in your past.
There is a tree. A tree of hope.
In Exodus God told Moses to break a branch off the tree and to throw it into the water, and the water would be healed. This tree that grew from a seed many many many years before was their remedy for their time of distress. God nurtured the solution through seasons of drought and winter. He protected it as it grew from a seed to a sapling. Away from the spotlight the tree grew.
What is in your world that will bring healing and provision to your point of need?
2000 years ago God used another tree to prove His power and grace. A tree that God had prepared from before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ hung and died on that tree to give us a new life and to heal us from all our diseases. By His stripes we are healed. There is a tree. Yahweh Rapha, The Lord who heals, was wounded for our sin. The Healing God bore upon Himself all our sicknesses and death for our healing, physically, emotionally, spiritually, eternally. There is a tree.
When God looks at me He sees Jesus, His perfect Son who fulfilled every part of the law, who was obedient in all things. By that perfect man’s death and obedience I am healed. In Christ I am righteous. He came and lived the life I could never live and died the death I deserved so that I can walk in healing and favour with God.
As you stand in your place of desperation fix your eyes upon God. Be confident in His limitless ability to heal, to save, to overcome. Stand fearless knowing that God is good and great and that He has made a way when there seems no way.
There is a tree.