Bitterness into Blessing - Reflections
December 5, 2018 | Didi Bacon
“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” Luke 1:25 (NIV)
Trusting God’s faithfulness transforms bitterness into a blessing. A number of years ago, I was at a bitter place. My heart’s desire for ministry was disappointed. I was ready to walk away to do something else. So I went to see one of my former college professors to seek his counsel. In our talk, he reminded me of the story of the people of Israel traveling out of Egypt to the Promised land found in the book of Exodus. Moses led the people from the Red Sea into the desert. They traveled for three days without finding water. Thirsty and desperate they came to a place called Marah. Marah means bitter. It is called bitter because the water at the well there was bitter. It was undrinkable. So the people threw a fit! They began to turn on Moses. So Moses called out to God. God directed Moses to throw a piece of wood into the water, and it became fit to drink. In that moment of bitterness, God reminded the people that if they trust in Him, He will turn their bitterness into a blessing.
Then the text says the people moved on and came to Elim where there were 12 springs of water and 70 palm trees. It was an Oasis. God was always leading the people to Elim. If they had trusted Him, they would not have sinned in testing God at Marah. All they needed to do was keep pushing on trusting God through Marah. My prof told me, you are at Marah. But remember God has called you to this ministry. Trust God and keep being faithful. Perhaps he has Elim waiting for you. He was right. God faithfulness turned bitterness to blessing. Are you in Marah? Is your heart’s desire unsatisfied? Have you begun to drink the water of bitterness and it is poisoning your soul? Trust God’s faithfulness turns bitterness into a blessing. The Christmas story of Zechariah in Luke 1:5-25 tells us that. The gift of Jesus brings peace to our souls. He is faithful.
Trusting God’s faithfulness transforms bitterness into a blessing.