Murmur Healing

“And then He tested them and said, ‘If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight . . .I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians.  For I am the Lord who heals you.'”  Exodus  15:26

The people had traveled 3 days without finding water.  When they did find water, it was undrinkable.  They couldn’t seem to help but murmur against Moses.  God shows Moses a certain tree that once put in the water, will make it sweet to drink.  But, will it make the drinkers any sweeter?

O Lord, please heal my bitter heart murmurings and turn them into sweet offerings of trust and praise.  Here’s a simple poem . . .

Any Questions?

Testing will surely come
with the dawning of each day,
and how will I respond
will I throw up my hands and say,

“this is too hard for me”
shut down and turn away,
or let You be the answer
to my every need, and stay.


  1. Deb,
    Amazing, we are all murmerers at heart, prone to bite the hand that feeds. Yet, he still loves us, why I’ll never know. Thanks for this great poem and message. God Bless

  2. I agree with Jim- looking at my own complaining and murmering heart, I don’t understand why He still loves us, but He does. And just thinking about all of the murmering I do, both verbally and in my heart, I am very convicted. Only He can turn that into “sweet offerings of trust and praise!
    In Christ,

  3. It’s like what Paul said about doing what we don’t want to do! Sometimes it takes me awhile to adjust my attitude, but I’d like it to always be that I’m grateful immediately! So glad that He still loves us and isn’t done working on us yet. 🙂

  4. I love that Ben, Him turning it into praise. That requires me going to Him and allowing Him to help me see my situation differently. So I guess murmurings serve a purpose. They alert me that I need to run to Jesus and be turned into sweet waters again. Thanks!

  5. you have such a way with capturing simplicity 🙂

  6. Thanks, Jessie, for making that sound like a good thing! ha!

  7. Deb,
    Thank you for sharing a wonderful perspective on the tree that made the bitter waters of Marrah sweet. When I look at the lives of the Israelites whom God had chosen to be released from bondage by the Egyptian Pharaoh and returned to their promised land, I see myself in them. I am often caught murmuring and complaining about things when God had done so much for me and it takes moments like this to open my eyes to Him. Thank you for being God’s voice in my life today.
    In Him,

  8. Thank you for your comment, Vineet! God had me thinking about that tree for awhile . . .and my bitter waters. He reminded me of Jesus on His tree (cross) and how that is what I need to be made “drinkable” . . .fruitful, useful. 🙂 God bless you as you faithfully serve Him and us!

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