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Numbers 9-12


A Devotional Journey
   led by Dr. Gene Pearson

Thru the Bible in a Year
         The departure from Mount Sinai finally comes. The new nation has been there almost a full year, and just as their departure from Egypt began with a Passover celebration, so that from Sinai does as well. A cloud symbolizes God's presence among them by day and a fiery pillar does so at night. Silver trumpets are blown to signal the embarkation and they move out together in a very orderly way.
         God not only provides guidance but also meat on this journey. Unhappily it comes after some of the people start complaining, a constant reality among those Moses must lead. He is so discouraged that he lashes out at God: 'Why have You brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?. . I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.'
         God's response is instructive: He does not dispute Moses' complaint; but neither does He relieve Moses of his responsibility. What God says is worth remembering: 'I will take the Spirit that is on and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone.'
         Moses is still not convinced and literally challenges God's ability to provide all the food that is needed. God's reply is again memorable: 'I the LORD=s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you!'
         Think about your own life. Have you ever challenged God's timing or questioned His willingness or ability to provide? Often God's answer to those of us who are responsible for things is that we need to share the responsibility with others. Many times our failure to do so is what got us in trouble in the first place!
         God is willing to pour out His Spirit of empowerment and direction on lots of people. He asks Moses (and us) to bring them to Him for His intervention. And when you have doubts about what God can, or will, do to meet the needs in your life or help you meet the needs of other people, remember His response to Moses: 'Is the LORD=s arm too short? Just wait and see if I don=t come through on my promises. Just wait and see!'
         The hard part for us is the waiting. We want to go right to the complaining and depressing and despairing. But God does come through. If we will wait for Him, He will meet our needs.
          That's the message for Moses and that's the message for us!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2011