“So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, ‘Is the LORD among us or not?’” (Exod. 17:7 NKJ.)
In the second year after Israel came out of Egypt, they encountered a crisis in the desert. They had no water, and so they complained and strove with Moses until God gave them water. They called the name of that place Massah and Maribah. Massah means “proving” and Maribah means “strife.” They strove with God and proved Him by their unbelief.
After thirty-eight years of wandering in the desert, the Israelites again came to a place where there was no water. This is recorded in Numbers 20:1-13, where the same scenario repeated itself. They grumbled, complained, and did not believe God would provide. The people had not learned any lessons despite being in the wilderness for thirty-eight years. The crisis they were facing was not God’s original intention, and the lesson He wanted them to learn had not left an impression.
If we are not careful, we will keep going round and round in the wilderness of our lives until we learn the lesson. Do not let this story of Massah and Maribah be your story. Have you met believers who are still struggling with the same issues they were struggling with ten years ago? This is Massah and Meribah: failure to grow.Hardness of heart, manifesting as unbelief or disobedience to God, was the root cause of Massah and Meribah. Do not suffer in the wilderness because of the hardness of your heart. The wilderness is a place that should help you get rid of your hardness of heart. You do not have to be there.
Is it possible to go through the wilderness without learning anything?
APPLY THE WORD
If you are in Massah and Maribah, please yield to the Lord today and end unnecessary suffering and merry-go-round journeys in life.
Ask the Lord to sincerely help you not to waste your life in the desert at Massah and Maribah.
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