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Series: Got Trouble?: What to do When You Don't Know What to Do
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bibles, please turn to Exodus chapter 15. For the last several weeks we have been in a series called, "Got Trouble? What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do." And we've talked about different things. The series was kind of based on what King Jehoshaphat said when he said, "God, we're powerless against these great armies that are coming against us, neither do we know what to do. But our eyes are on You." What to do when you don't know what to do.
Last week, we talked about Job. We called that, "Can It Get Any Worse?" And the answer for Job was no! Job had the worst trials that any mortal man has ever faced. And I believe that God used that to speak to our hearts. What to do when you don't know what to do. Job said, "You trust God. Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." But sometimes, you know, when you look at Job's life, you can say, "Well, I can't really relate to that. I mean, I've got trouble, but I don't have trouble like he does." And so today, we're going to look at a really important passage of Scripture. I think it's one that we can all relate to. It has to do with the bitter things in life.
Exodus chapter 15, I'll begin reading in verse 22. It says, "Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea (Red Sea where they had the great victory; Red Sea where God parted the waters and drowned Pharaoh and his armies. He led Israel from the Red Sea), and they went out into the wilderness of Shur…" Any time you read in the Old Testament about the wilderness, replace that with the word desert. Don't think of a forest. This isn't like Little Red Riding Hood, they're going out. This is desert. And so they went out into this place, called the wilderness of Shur, but it's desert. "…and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they ...
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