I would like to say that only those who disobey God will experience bitter waters. I cannot say that. Simply by nature of the fact that we live in a fallen world, bitter experiences will come even to those who live in total obedience to God’s will. Ever since Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, love and pain have been mysteriously bound. As much as we would like to believe differently, nothing we can think, do, or say will remove death from this side of heaven. Because of the cross, however, the bitter waters of life, however, need not remain undrinkable.
Christians in the Western world are under siege, and it is not just by atheists or political rivals. The real problem lies in the seeds of unbelief that we have allowed to sprout and take root in our hearts. When our enemies fire at us with their flaming arrows—as enemies are known to do—we find ourselves susceptible, too often trying to block violent spiritual attacks with nothing more than Fragile Shields of Wishful Thinking.
Doubt discovers difficulties which it never solves; it creates hesitancy, despondency, despair. Its progress is the decay of comfort, the death of peace. “Believe!” is the word which speaks life into a man, but doubt nails down his coffin. –Charles Spurgeon, pastor and author