So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree; and when he cast it into the waters,
the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them.
On a gloomy day in 1857, a man in New York City, Jeremiah Lanthier, scanned the morning
newspaper. He was distressed to read that the depression gripping the nation was causing fear
and panic among the people. Factories were closing and thousands were unemployed.
Although Lanthier didn't know what to do, he knew who did! That day he sent a note to all his
business acquaintances, telling them that at noon a prayer meeting would be held in his office.
On the first day no one came. All alone he prayed fervently that God would bring about a great
change in him and in America. The second day a few friends joined him. A short time later
similar gatherings were started around the city. Then like wildfire, the movement spread to all
parts of the country.
Some historians say that this effort of united prayer and faith was an integral part of the
improvement in the economy that soon followed.
Moses also faced a situation for which he had no answers, but he knew who did. Fervently he
cried out to God, and God showed him what to do. It was not something he would have dreamed
up on his own; it was better.
The waters of Marah were bitter, and so were God's people about the quality of the water. The
Israelites grumbled about many little things, but this was life-threatening. All Moses could do
was pray to God and trust His answer, regardless of how unorthodox that answer may be.
What do you do when you don't know what to do? Follow the example set by other godly
people– cry out to the Lord and He will answer. If you are willing to follow His instructions, you
will never be left without the right answers.
IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHO YOU KNOW THAT COUNTS.