If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now – if I have found favor in your eyes – and do not let me face my own ruin. Numbers 11:15
Ever felt at the end of your rope? Moses did. Yet he did not assume he had the right to take his own life. Even in his despair he held a reverent fear of God. (Num. 12:3 Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) This was no self pity pit of despair that we so easily fall into. (Yet God in His grace and mercy even meets us in those pits, praise Him!) Moses was really struggling with real problems outside his control. (The six hundred thousand men he was leading wanted meat! (Num. 11:4))
Moses sets a wonderful example for us in our pits of despair. He cried out to God, he cast all his cares on Him. He wasn’t afraid to tell Him exactly how he felt, even that he wished death on himself. God in His great mercy and grace met Moses in love just where he was. God didn’t criticize, judge or condemn Moses for his honesty, or tell him to buck up. He reached out to him. God brought Moses 70 other people along side him that would now share the burden that God had entrusted Moses with. God also promised to meet the need of the people (those 6 hundred thousand hungry complaining men).
God makes a promise to Moses and he responds something like I would… are you kidding God?! What?! How?! It’s impossible! I can’t think of ANY way humanly possible that this problem could be solved!! (Num. 11:21-22) Not to mention Moses had already seen God part the Red Sea and save all their lives! It’s crazy how our “pits” can get our focus so out of wack and our faith is shaken in the One who securely holds our future. Be on guard, that’s the enemy’s strategy! “Pits” can rather be our P.ersonal I.ntense T.raining which makes us yet stronger in faith if we give it to God just as Moses did! God responds to Moses’ perplexities in verse 23, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” And sure enough He did! (Num. 11:31-32) There was more meat than humanly imaginable!
A great quote I read went something like this, “When God made you He equipped you to live. But when you chose to get saved, when you chose Jesus as your Savior, you were equipped for victory!” Victory folks! Don’t let the devils lies drown out the Truth of who you are in Christ and just how much bigger He is than the box we so often try to put Him in. His mighty arm never comes up too short!!
Independent Read: Philippians 1:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, Zephaniah 3:17