Lessons From Bitter Pools

Lessons From Bitter Pools

Children often must learn what HOT means by getting burned. We all seem to possess this characteristic of learning lessons from bitter pools.

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Exodus 15 tells the story of the children of Israel reaching a bitter pool after traveling 3 days with no water. This is 3 days after celebrating the greatest miracle of their history. Three days after being delivered from hundreds of years of bondage to the Egyptians, they are complaining and despondent and unsure of God’s goodness for them. They reached a place of bitterness but learned lessons from bitter pools.

Very often when we arrive at the end of the journey of feeling God has forgotten us we find that God had actually arrived there before us and prepared the answers and the methods of our rescue. God knows all of our trials before we experience them. He has had a plan for our life well before we were here.

The children of Israel learned 3 lessons from their experience at the bitter pool.

They Learned Some Life Lessons

A. Life is a mixture of good and bad. I suppose they, like a lot of people in our day assume that once you sign up to follow the Lord, everything is going to be perfect. This is faulty thinking according to God word.

Job 14:1
“Man who is born of woman
Is of few days and full of  trouble.

Job 5:7
Yet man is born to trouble,
As the sparks fly upward.

Ecclesiastes 2:17
Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

B. Life has a master. When Israel arrived at March, they seemed to forget all the wonderful things God had done for them

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

John 6:1-21

C. Life has a ministry. God uses these times of good and bad to minister to us.

Ephesians 4:13
till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

The Learned Some Lessons About Themselves

A. They were living for self. Instead of being caught up in His wonder, glory, and worship, they were totally consumed with their personal needs.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

B. They were walking by sight. We expect some thing, some job, someone to make us happy and all the time, we never look for joy in the one place sheer it will always be found.

Romans 1:17
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Romans 14:23
But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.

C. They were never satisfied. God’s plan for our lives is that we learn to five Him glory in every situation life throws at us.

Acts 14:22
strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

Psalms 71:6
By You I have been upheld from birth;
You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.
My praise shall be continually of You.

They Learned Some Lessons About the Lord

A. He is aware of our needs. Noting in your life takes God by surprise.

Matthew 6:32
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

B. He is able to meet our need. Through the cross, God is able to meed our need.

Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:20
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Psalms 50:10-15
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

C. He has already provided for our need. You will never face a need in life that God hasn’t already met.

Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


Pub 7/31/22