- Written by Rita Langeland
The Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.” (Numbers 11:23 NASB) - To Listen to the audio recording of this message Click Here
In Numbers chapter 11 we find Moses and the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness. God had been supernaturally supplying their food in the form of manna on a daily basis. The people began to demand a change of menu from Moses! They wanted some meat. Moses had a talk with the Lord about this. Moses told the Lord that he couldn’t imagine how God could provide the huge group of people (estimated at nearly 3 million) he was leading, enough meat to feed them all. God answered Moses with this rhetorical question: Is the Lord’s power limited?
The word “limit” or “limited” means to confine or restrict within a boundary or bounds. The word “confine” suggests imprisonment, restraint, or impediment. God’s power is not limited, but we often limit, restrict or confine Him within our self-imposed boundaries.
I have observed a beautiful animal known as the African impala both in the wild in East Africa and in the San Diego Zoo. This amazing animal can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall. Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see. When we cannot see how God can accomplish something in our lives, we are sorely tempted (just like Moses) to assume it cannot be done. Yet God asks us the question, “Is the Lord’s power limited?”
Years ago a new missionary arriving at his mission station, was assigned a car that would not start without a push. He proceeded for the next two years to always arrange to either park on a hill or leave the engine running when he made his rounds. A new missionary came to relieve him of his duties and the veteran missionary explained to him about the idiosyncrasies of the car. The new man took a look under the hood and before long discovered the trouble. A simple loose cable was tightened. After stepping into the car, he attempted to start the engine and it roared to life. The power was there all the time, but a loose connection needlessly kept him struggling for two years.
Many times in our lives “a loose connection” with God’s power keeps us in the struggling mode unnecessarily. A further look at Moses and the children of Israel will give us some insight into what is limiting God’s power in our lives.
Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire died out. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burned among them. The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, " Who will give us meat to eat? "We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna." (Numbers 11:1-6 NASB)