Is the Lord’s arm too short?
God had led His people out of slavery in Egypt into the desert through Moses. They are on their way to the land He promised to Abraham hundreds of years earlier.
The Israelites had heard the stories about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They heard about Joseph being sold as a slave and rising to power in Egypt by God’s providence. But now they lived all of their life as a slave to the Egyptians.
But now it’s the time of deliverance for them! They saw the plagues inflicted on Egypt. They walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. They were following the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. It’s really happening. God was right in their midst. The miracles were real. God is real.
And yet…the desert is also real. It’s hot. It’s dry. There’s no food. There’s no water. Just a desert and a couple of million Israelites.
Sure, God got you out of Egypt–where there was enough food and water, by the way–but how in the world is He going to get you through this desert? You, along with everyone else, realize there’s no way this can turn out well, so you do what comes naturally…you grumble, you quarrel, you complain and you wail.
And God hears you.
God isn’t happy about all the whining, but in response to the faithless Israelites, God provides meat, manna and water. And in response to Moses’ complaining, God says:
“Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true.”
What are you lacking today? It’s probably not food or water, but it’s something. Are you sick? Do you have more bills than income? Are you in a strained relationship? What do you need God to do?
You may look around and see nothing but desert. There’s nothing around you to help your situation. No matter which way you turn there’s more desert.
Is the Lord’s arm too short? Is He really able to work in your circumstances?
The Israelites could not have imagined that manna would miraculously appear on the ground six days a week for forty years. They never would have guessed that water would gush from a rock.
You may not be able to see any possible way for God to meet your need. But what you can see or not see is irrelevant. The Lord can see. The Lord knows what to do. And at just the right time, He’ll act.
Keep seeking Him. Keep believing Him. Your faith is pleasing to Him and He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Know this for sure: the Lord’s arm is not too short.
By Carolyn Thomas