When the Israelites left the Red Sea they headed into the desert. In Exodus 15:22 it tells us that they didn’t find water for 3 days. Now I’m sure that they had packed some water but it probably was only enough to last a day or 2. By the third day they were probably thirsty! Besides, it is hot in that part of the world! But when they got to water the Bible says it was bitter. That is another word for nasty! So (like most of us) they started complaining. But Moses prayed instead of whining and God gave him an answer. Now I have to admit it was kind of an odd answer. God showed Moses a piece of wood that he threw in the water to make it sweet. Personally, I have never heard of any kind of wood that makes water good to drink, so I’m going to call that another miracle! Once again God miraculously provided all they needed.
But right after this God did something else special. In Exodus 15:26 God makes a covenant (this is a cross between a deal and a promise) with His people. He tells the Israelites that if they will obey His commands He won’t bring any sicknesses on them. Basically He says that He will heal them if they are obedient.
Now I don’t want you to get the wrong idea here. If you (or someone you know) is sick, that does not mean you (or they) have been disobedient. Because we live in a world where there is sin, we have diseases. Just because we get sick doesn’t mean we have done something wrong. But what this covenant does mean is that if we are seeking after God’s will and trying to follow His word then He promises that He is our Healer!!! This passage teaches us that God not only provides for the physical needs (food, water, shelter) of His people but also for their health needs as well.
- If you have access to one, get a water purifier and discuss what all it does to clean water or you could research this online together. Remind your child that all Moses had to do was throw in some wood.
- Take some time to list people in your life who are sick (colds and bumps & bruises count too!) and pray for their healing.