An oasis is a prophetic symbol of life in the Spirit—or a refreshing encounter with the Holy Spirit. And in Exodus 15, the Lord uses the story of an oasis called Elim to show us His abundant generosity.
- Hear Him say, “I have an oasis appointment with you where I will refresh, strengthen, and refuel you.”
You will find the courage to declare, “This day, this time, this season is mine to step into, for God walks beside me and has already paved the way.”
“They Came to Elim”
In Exodus chapter 15, Moses records the journey of Israel as they travel step by step through the wilderness.
And each place they set up camp carries a unique significance and message. 
A single verse sums up the arrival at Elim, and yet it is packed with insight:
“Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.” (Exodus 15:27, NKJV)
7 Reasons to Keep God’s Appointment at the Oasis
1. You will Foster a Vital Connection to God’s Presence
As the Israelites set out for Elim, their day begins with a question: “What is the cloud doing today?” “What is God doing?”
At dawn, people are watching for the rising of the cloud of God’s presence—the sign that it is time to raise the tent pegs, break camp, and move on. (Exodus 40:36-37)
Through this story, God is stirring our desire to connect with the Holy Spirit’s presence and be led by Him (Rom 8:14).
Hear the Lord say, “I want you to know Me, to be with Me, and to know My heart.”
2. At the Oasis, You Receive God’s Supply
“Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water…”
Right here, you will discover new depths of life in the Spirit you have longed for.
- A well speaks of provision—and water symbolizes life.
At Elim, God has already prepared a place for Israel to be replenished. There are twelve springs of water, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel! The supply is not only general (for the nation), but it is also personal to each tribe and family group.
God provides for families, and He wants you to know that your family is in the move of God—regardless of what it looks like right now.
God orchestrated the supply at Elim and we know He doesn’t change! It tells us that God is moving, and He has a place for you.
3. God Renews Your Strength at the Oasis
In the Bible, Elim is an oasis known for its palm trees, which dominate the skyline.
The name Elim means palms (Strong’s H362), which speaks of its identity, and our own identity today: “But the godly will flourish like palm trees…” (see Psalm 92:12-15)
We could say that Elim also means “multiplied strength”, because “palms” is the plural of a root word meaning “strong”. 
Perhaps you have had a subtle message that has come against you:
“You don’t have what it takes”. Or you have heard the enemy whispering recently, “Give up”.
But “strength” speaks to your identity. And the Lord wants you to know there is a gift of resilience available in His Spirit.
Deuteronomy 33:25 declares, “As your days, so shall your strength be.”
4. You Will Bear Abundant Fruit
The palm tree produces dates; which is a fruit that is sweet, nutritious, and abundant. As the trees are planted near the water, they flourish. 
Every part of it is useful, including the leaves and the seeds.
Right now, He calls you fruitful and strong.
And Elim assures us that God wastes nothing in His economy. According to Romans 8:28, He works all things together for your good. Your experiences, successes, failures, joys, and pains of the last season are not wasted.
But instead, God uses them to shape you, mold you, and bring forth His purposes in your life.
5. At the Oasis, You Find Security in God
“…so they camped there by the waters.”
Elim was not only a place Israel visited, but it also symbolizes a Spirit-filled life, where our tent pegs go down, and we abide in God.
Here, we have plenty to grow and flourish—we have security, even in the middle of a desert when all around is dry!
At Elim, we see these two realities side-by-side:
- The roots of the palm trees that go deep into the ground—which last from one generation to another
- The tent pegs that are pulled up and move from place to place
The tent pegs are seasonal, while the tree roots are generational. And God is in both!
It is a reminder to keep the roots of your identity in the enduring work of God.
And bless the seasonal moves because they keep your attention on God.
6. God Enables You to Let Go of the Past
For a moment, let’s reflect on where they have just come from.
As chapter 15 opens, Israel experiences deliverance at the Red Sea. And then, God leads them to Marah.
Marah is a direct contrast to Elim, for the waters were bitter and undrinkable. So, “Marah” is named for bitterness (Strong’s H4785). But God commanded Moses to throw the branch into the bitter waters and they became sweet. So, Marah turned from a place of bitterness to grace and a breakthrough.
“Let it Go!”
The Israelites had to move on from Marah because the cloud kept moving, to Elim, the place of “life in the Spirit”.
And in this blessing is a warning.
For we’re not going to drink the refreshing waters of Elim while holding on to resentment from the bitter waters of Marah:
In other words, you can’t enjoy the new God is doing while Marah is still a talking point.
The Lord says to someone, “Let it go, for you need both open hands to receive what I have for you in the here and now!”
7. Your Life Will be a Source of God’s Blessing
Today, the Lord says, “fresh water!”
Here and now, God has appointed refreshing for you—to replenish you spiritually.
And just as Elim was an oasis in a desert region, you will be a refuge and a center of blessing to others.
For God has destined you to be a source of refreshment for many.
 Israel’s passage through the Red Sea – deliverance/salvation. At Marah, God gave Israel the healing covenant and declared his name to be “Jehovah Rapha”, the God who heals. The branch (tree) Moses threw into the bitter water —can be viewed as a symbol of the cross. (see Exodus 15)
 Strong’s H362, H352
 See Psalm 1, Jer 17:7-8
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