I was reading from Numbers this morning when I came to yet another section where the Israelites started complaining. This time, they were lamenting all the foods they used to eat in Egypt: cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, garlic and especially the meat! They said, “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost” (Num 11:5).
Moses tells God of their complaints and God replies that He will provide meat to them for an entire month – to the point where they loathe it. “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?” And then God answered Moses by saying, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you” (Num 11:21-23).
Before you criticize Moses, you better take a look at yourself. We often do the very same thing because we reason with logic instead of with faith. While we are surrounded by the impossible we must remember that with God all things are possible. Are you currently in a situation in which there seems to be no solution? If so, you know what to do! Lord, help me believe. In time of need, show me Your mighty hand! Let me remember that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).