“But Moses said, ‘The people among whom I am number six hundred thousand on foot, and you have said, “I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!” Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, and be enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, and be enough for them?’ And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Is the LORD’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.’”
Moses’ words here shocked me. With all that he had seen the Lord do, particularly in light of the manna provided for Israel every day, this doubt seems extremely out of place. The people complained about not having any meat to the extent that God said He would give them meat, and it would be meat enough to make them sick of it. God was speaking directly to Moses about what He would do. And God had fulfilled every other thing He had said. Yet Moses questions Him outright, emphasizing an apparent impossibility with the number of people required to feed.
Ridiculous, right? To have God give a direct statement of what He is going to do and to immediately deny the possibility, regardless of His fulfilling His word in the past.
But it occurs to me…how often have I done the same thing?
Granted, God doesn’t meet with me the same way He did with Moses. But He is just as present and active here. “Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). He has given us His Holy Scriptures, overflowing with beautiful promises and magnificent displays of His power as He accomplishes every word He has declared. From the moment we choose to believe in Christ, His Spirit is poured into our hearts to lead us in the way we should walk and to guide us into all truth.
Yet when God calls us to things that look impossible, when the dreams He plants in our hearts look far bigger than our abilities or when He leads us to pray big prayers that only He could accomplish, those questions tend to enter in, don’t they?
Oh, may this be a moment that stirs our faith and excitement in light of just who our God is. Rather than a moment that makes us draw back in doubt and fear.
Because when God calls us to something, He will see it through. He will equip us. He will strengthen us for the battle. He will provide our every need. He will keep us each step of the way. He will open every door at the precise time it needs opened, and He will also close the doors that need closing. And every promise He has given us in Scripture – for restoration, for holding together, for building up, for wisdom, for going before us, for hemming us in, for forgiveness, for cleansing, for provision – each one will be fulfilled flawlessly. He will not overlook a one. It might not come on our timeline, but it will come. His purposes and His plans are greater than ours. He is out for His greatest glory and our fullest joy, and why would we want to settle for less than that?
It’s just difficult when we can’t see it. When things seem to just fall apart. Or not come together as we hoped. Our dreams appear forgotten, our tears wasted.
Oh believer, you are not forgotten. Your tears will not be wasted. Our God is a good father and the sovereign Lord of all, and His every word will come true for you. Because you are His, and He does not take that lightly. You have been bought with a very precious price and intentionally drawn to His heart and His family. He will not forget you. Your name has been engraved on His nail-scarred hands (Isaiah 49:15-16). At the end of days, all will see that He has loved you (Revelation 3:9). And you will see that He is faithful and true (Revelation 19:11).
Bring Him your questions. Pour out your heart before Him. He will hear you. He will listen and will respond. And His response will likely be similar to the one He gave to Moses: not a clear explanation of why or how He will accomplish His plans, but an assurance of who He is and what He is able to do. A reminder of His promises. Whatever His response is, rest assured it will be exactly what you need in that moment. That’s how personal He is. Open your heart to listen and allow Him to give you the faith to continue on. The faith to press forward and actively pursue these “impossible” things. Knowing that He will come through, because our God – your God – does not fail.