IS THE LORD'S ARM TOO SHORT?
"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'" (Numbers 11:23, NIV).
The Lord had been leading the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised
Land for over two years with many signs and wonders. However, it seemed the
people were not ready to accept God for who He is - the ever-caring God.
They were fond of complaint and rebellion whenever they were in hardship.
They even tried to set up another god for themselves when it seemed Moses,
the man God was using among them, was nowhere to found (see Exodus 32)! In
spite of all the ways God was using to bring them back to their senses, they
were still grumbling for what God did not do for them. It came to a point
that Moses was tired of bearing their burden. He wanted to die (Numbers
Nevertheless, in this state of hopelessness, God rose to reduce the burden
of Moses by selecting other seventy elders in Israel to be helping him. As
for the cause of the Israelites' complaint - meat to eat - God promised,
"You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty
days, but for a whole month�" (Numbers 11:19-20a, NIV). What a wonderful
God! Moses could not understand this. How would God feed over six hundred
thousand men with meat not to talk of the women and the children? "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?" (Numbers
11:22, NIV), he questioned God. Responding, God said, "Is the LORD's arm too
short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you"
(Numbers 11:23, NIV). God did provide the meat, even in excess! However, the
meat became a snare to the people because of their unbelief (Numbers
In what way are you also complaining against God? Do you think that He
cannot provide for you? Do you also doubt the ability of God to act in your
situation? Let me ask you as God asked Moses: "Is the LORD's arm too short?"
"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull
to hear" (Isaiah 59:1 NIV).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message was first sent out on February 27, 2005.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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