Scripture: Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the Lord has promised good things to Israel.” He answered, “No, I will not go; I am going back to my own land and my own people.” But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the desert, and you can be our eyes. If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the Lord gives us.” Numbers 10: 29-32 NIV
Scripture: 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?” 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 11:21-23 NIV
Observation: God’s ability to provide is questioned subtly in Numbers 10 and out-right in Numbers 11.
Application: My Community Care Pastor pointed out in yesterday’s S.O.A.P. reading the Moses sought wisdom from God, “Moses was confident that God would speak and give him the answer AND God was confident that Moses would obey whatever he was told to do.” Moses trusted God–most of the time. Just prior to Moses questioning whether God could lead them through the desert and give the food that he claimed that he would give in Numbers 10 & 11, Moses was seen to have unquestioning faith in the Lord. Isn’t that very much like us? Many times we go from hot to cold in our ability to trust God. Remember, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NIV God doesn’t change, we are the inconsistent ones. We should pray to persevere and consistently trust in and rely on God. He will lead and guide us and provide for our needs.
Prayer: Father, you are sovereign and consistent. Help me to trust in your direction for my life. I see in scripture that even your most “trusted” had questions at times. Let me learn from them that you will guide my steps and provide for all of my needs. Thank you Lord. Amen