Theme: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES
Text: “And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?” – Exodus 15:23, 24.
Comment: Soon after the Jews left Egypt, they came across water for which they must have been much relieved. Unfortunately, when they tasted it, it was not drinkable as it was bitter. As became characteristic of them throughout their sojourn in the wilderness, instead of making their complain known with faith in God, they grumbled and spoke hard words against Moses their leader. Moses did not respond, apparently because he felt their faith and understanding were still low. Rather he prayed to God “and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet”. (Exodus 15:25) In the days of Elisha the prophet it was found that food given to the young men to eat had poison in it. Consequently, “they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot.” The prophet Elijah then said, “Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot. (2 Kings 4:40, 41) God created all things perfect. It is however as a result of man’s fall that he became exposed to poisonous water and food, which cause grievous harm to people all over the world. We should therefore strive to ensure that the water and food we eat are safe as a hedge against illnesses. – 2 Corinthians 7:1.