Handling Life's Difficult Experiences HTML version

Handling Life's Difficult Experiences
Sun 12 Aug 2012 PM
How many thought, as a Christian, you thought that things would all work out
easy, and go well for you aye? [Laughs] How many found it didn't work out like
that at all? Quite disappointing at times, so let's have a read, and I want us to
read in Exodus, Chapter 15 in Verse 22: so Moses brought Israel from the Red
Sea, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur, and they had three days in the
desert without any water. That's pretty tough isn't it aye?
The Bible abounds in examples and stories of people, and it tells us that without
faith we can never please God. We must learn how to trust Him; and trust is
developed in private, but it's always shown up in difficult experiences we have in
life. He says: they came to the waters of Marah, in other words they found some
water, but they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. That's
why they called the name of it Marah, which means bitter. And the people
complained against Moses, saying: what do we drink? And 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; and there He made a statute and an ordinance, and
there He tested them. So this was a test. This was something God was using to
grow and develop them.
He said: if you diligently head to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is
right in His sight, and give air to His commandments and keep His statutes, I'll
put none of the diseases on you, which I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord
which heals you.
So the first thing to see, life is a mixture of experiences - some sweet and some
bitter. These people had just seen one of the most amazing miracles of God.
They were being pursued by an army, and they saw as Moses lifted his rod up,
they saw a wind come up that parted the waters; and then as they crossed over
those waters, the waters collapsed; and all the soldiers, who had held their life in
slavery for hundreds of years, were destroyed. So they saw this tremendous -
isn't that a great experience of God - and they tasted freedom, and it was sweet.
Then three days later they're burned out, and drying out in the desert; there's no
water, no supply, tongues sticking to the roof of their mouths.
So it's like on one hand they had this tremendous experience, and you would
think hey, God has done this for me. I expect Him to treat me real well, and next
thing you know they're in this very, very difficult situation. It's true in our life, we
can have great experiences with God in a meeting, or great breakthrough with
God in our life, but then it's followed by an unexpected disappointment, setback
or difficulty, and this is pretty challenging. You ever been without anything to
drink for a day? Imagine being in the sun, the blazing sun for three days, and