It’s such an interesting word. It’s common to hear it when talking to moms: “It’s so bittersweet: my baby is going to school” or “It feels so bittersweet that we are empty-nesters now”.
Men talk about bittersweet, too: end of a successful hunting season or trading in their old car for a new Daddy-ride.
Many songs allude to bittersweet. It’s very common. We even think of it in relation to chocolate (although I prefer milk chocolate).
Did you know that bittersweet originated in scripture?
In Exodus chapter fifteen, Moses had just led the Israelites out of Pharaoh’s captivity and crossed the Red Sea by way of a miracle. He had led them for about three days and no drinking water had been found. The people were thirsty and they were complaining. Sound familiar? They finally found a body of water called “Marah” and were unable to drink its waters because it was bitter. (Marah means bitterness). By now, I’m sure Moses was feeling a little embittered toward the people, am I right?
This compelled Moses to cry out to the Lord, who showed Moses a log. Moses threw the log into the water and the water became sweet.
I can imagine that the thirsty people of Israel began to drink their fill while the Lord promised them that as long as they listened to him, he would protect them because he is Jehova Rapha: “The Lord your Healer” or the “One who makes the bitter into sweet”.
Now, I want to ask you: what bitter water are you drinking?
Is it sin?
Is it unforgiveness?
Is it resentments?
Is it hatred?
The Lord promises that he will heal us from this bitterness if we will listen to and follow him. He will make that bitter water sweet for you. He is your Jehovah Rapha.
We all have a condition of the heart that requires His power: it is the bitterness of a life separated from Him. But He heals that heart condition: forgiving us of our sins and empowering us to live for Him daily. He will also heal you from whatever bitterness you are harboring in your hearts, giving you water that is sweet and everlasting. He is that living water! (John 4:14).
I encourage you to call out to Jehovah Rapha, ask him to transform your bitterness and give you His sweet healing.
Lord, we are all in need of Your sweet water. Not one of us is walking a pure life so much that we don’t need more of You. I ask that You would show us where we need some of Your pure water to cleanse our hearts and live more for You. Bless the women reading this today and guide them to more of You. Amen.
Tiffany is the mother to four amazing children, all God’s miracle to their family, and she cherishes every moment given her to be with them. John, Tiffany’s husband, and their family make their home in Iowa, where they minister to a congregation of fellow believers. Tiffany is not only a breast-feeding, cloth-diapering mother and a pastor’s wife, but she takes great joy in nourishing her family with the wild game that they have been fortunate enough to harvest. “How great is the Father’s love for us that we shall be called children of God, for that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1