Posted by: springsinthedesert | November 22, 2010

Reach Out And Receive Your Promise

The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

                 Numbers 11:23

Moses was deeply worried when the people of Israel started complaining about the manna that the Lord kindly provided them in the wilderness. They were bored of manna which they called “light food” and started craving for other food. They even longed to go back to Egypt. The food of Egypt, though received in terrible bondage and struggle, suddenly felt appealing and memorable. Israelites forgot the hand of God that helped them to come out of their sufferings. Moses found this leadership extremely tiring as the people rebelled for every single thing. They could not visualize the promised land in faith while they were wandering in the desert.

So when they started grumbling for meat, Moses asked Lord to reduce his burden of leading this people. He just wanted to quit. Though he knew very well that he was chosen to carry out this purpose, he felt that he would not be able successfully complete his mission. God was extremely angry with the people of Israel, but He decided to give them what they asked just for the sake of Moses. IF you read the whole chapter, you will understand that God not only provided the people, the meat they asked, but also provided means to reduce Moses’s burden. He asked Moses to select 70 leaders and anointed them with the same spirit that He had given Moses. Thus Moses burden was shared among the 70 leaders.

We serve a God who sees the struggle we go through. He knows that we often get troubled by the challenges of this journey. If you have been called for a mission, then God expects you to complete that purpose. But He is not a God who will burden you with things you are unable to carry. He will provide means to help you out in that mission, so that you will enjoy the journey with Him.

God also provided the needs of the Israelites. If they had asked for meat in the wilderness, thinking that God cannot do it,they are mistaken. The same God who provided manna from the heavens and opened the ways in the middle of the sea, is capable of providing meat for this large number of people in the wilderness. Just like  Moses, we too have the question. ” 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?”

How often do we doubt like Moses? How many times have we asked..”Lord, how is it possible? I do not see the direction in which your promise is going to be fulfilled”. Moses, in his natural thinking thought that God is going to slaughter their flocks and herds and provide their needs. Then he took a bold step and thought another extreme possibility…may be God is going to ask the people to do fishing and gather the meat they wanted. But he could not imagine in faith that God is capable to provide quail just the way He provided the manna.

Thats when God asks Moses..”Is the Lord’s arm too short?” Is God not able to fulfill His promises? We read in verse 31 that ” Now a wind went out from the LORD and drove quail in from the sea. It brought them down all around the camp to about three feet above the ground, as far as a day’s walk in any direction.” Did you notice the details in that sentence. When God provided them the quail, they were not asked to slaughter their own flock or do any kind of hard work to attain the meat they requested. It was sent to them by a wind, just in a reachable height and a day’s walk in every direction. So the quails fluttered in the sky at three feet above the ground, certain miles in all four direction. Even a five-year old could reach up in the sky and receive his quail. Can you comprehend the provisions He gives for the people of His own?

Jus like Moses, we are given many promises in life. We imagine all kinds of possibilities for the fulfillment of His promise. Remember, God can perform miracles beyond your wildest dreams. God often performs His miracles in heaven’s ways and not according to human limited thinking and possibilities. We in our imagination, think that we may have to work for the promises to be fulfilled. I’m not saying that we should just sit around and wait or the promise. What I mean is that it is not our toil and struggle, that counts for the fulfillment of the promise. It is His time and plan. He does it the heaven’s way and it will always be a surprise to us. When we receive what we have promised, we just have to go out of the tent and reach out…it will be there in our hands reach.

Today, are you greatly troubled by the challenges of this journey and so badly want to quit from everything in life? If God has called you for a purpose, He is faithful enough to lead you to a great success. He will provide you heavenly means so that your burdens will be lightened. The only reason He will do that for you is because He cares for you. If you are a person who waits for God’s promise in life and wonders when and how it is going to be fulfilled, the holy Spirit wants to encourage you with this question, “Is the Lord’s arm too short” He will perform what He has promised, not your way, but heaven’s way. You will not have to struggle for it, just reach out and grab it.

God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Thank you, Rain, for encouraging us once again. I had a similar thought recently, of how He won’t ask us to do what He’s not ready to provide us through. 🙂 God bless you and keep you in His arms of love! deb

  2. Dear Sister Rani,

    Yes, life is full of struggles for everyone. Paul says I have fought a Good Fight.
    Each day has it’s challenges. But we are called to keep the faith (lifted High) in Him
    to finish the race. Our calling is not to run for a while but to Finish it without changing the track. Our track is the narrow way which will lead to eternal life.

    “Though he knew very well that he was chosen to carry out this purpose, he felt that he would not be able successfully complete his mission”. It is true.
    Calling is from above, to walk ,to face & to overcome.But God helped Moses in every step of his life even though He felt it was tough. It was God in him, with him, around him & led him forward. Moses did not wanted this leadership but God forced him. Moses never went back.

    We were enemies of the cross it was God who chose us, who spoke to us kindly through His Word and joined us to Good Olive Tree when we were wild olive branches and leading us through the challenges of life. Yes, the wind will be boisterous, waves will be high but He is there who called us in the midst of the walk of challenge. The Devil tries to sink us emotionally first, when he is successful He knows that effect will lead us to sink in the challenges & all areas of life.

    Challenges are for the ordinary but Great Challenges are for the extraordinary,
    called with a Great calling in life.

    Psalm 73:23,24, Neverthless I am continually with thee,: thou hast held me by my right hand.
    Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterward receive me to glory.

    We often see our today’s and are worried, but He has seen our tomorrow’s
    of success & victory which he is working for us and only for us.

    God bless you to continue the great work entrusted to you and be faithful to His calling till the end because He is faithful.


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