Friday, April 26, 2019
There seems to be a common obstacle to true faith in the lives of the heroes of the Bible. Whether we are studying the life of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Nehemiah, Mary, Peter, or Paul, there is a particular element of a growing faith that is emphasized over and over by God as He teaches His children to trust Him. It is what separates the faith of the followers of God from all other so-called faiths. Simply stated it is this: nothing is impossible with God!
Numbers 11:21-23 But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?” The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’S arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
As we grow in our faith in God, we discover that God works in two main arenas to meet our needs and accomplish His purpose:
- He miraculously employs and empowers the resources that are visible to us;
- He miraculously employs and empowers the resources that are invisible to us.
Earlier in the chapter (Numbers 11:16-17), God specifically addressed the concerns of Moses that the burden of leadership was too great for one man, and He employed and empowered 70 men to come along side of Moses and help him manage the nation. Those resources were visible to Moses, but he needed a faith adjustment to see them.
Maybe the burdens you are carrying today are unnecessary, and you simply need to ask God to provide you with a resource that is available to you. It is amazing what we can see when we change our focus from self to service. His Spirit will open our eyes when the decision is made to see God’s plan rather than our problems.
Sometimes, and I believe more often than we realize, God employs and empowers the invisible to accomplish the humanly impossible. In this story of Moses, God promises to feed two million people (600,000 men on foot figures out to around 2,000,000 when counting the women and children) with meat for a month. Moses knows that there is no way to do that based on their current resources. They do not have enough cattle and sheep. But God’s arm is not too short to reach out and meet the need of anyone or any church. By the power of the wind, which He controls, He brought enough birds from the sea to cover the ground to a depth of 3 feet for 15 miles in every direction. The people gathered 60 bushels of birds each, and had far more than they needed to be fed meat for a month.
Years ago, our church – Calvary – needed a different facility. It was humanly impossible for us, based on our available resources, to consider the purchase of a building or the purchase of land for the construction of a building. It was going to take a miraculous injection of invisible resources to accomplish God’s plan.
Was God’s arm too short? NO! Did we believe that He would provide? YES! He made His plan clear to us, and asked us to have the faith to follow Him into the unknown. Now look where we are.
What unknown place is God directing you to, and do you have the faith to follow Him into the seemingly impossible?