“The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now I will see whether or not what I say will come true for you” – Numbers 11:23 (NIV)
Our verse today is drawn from an epic dialogue between Moses and God. In this case the Israelites after being liberated from Egypt had begun to halter and were doubting of God’s ability to deliver them to safety. Their apparent lack of faith had not settled well with God who wished to destroy all there. But Moses was not yet. He boldly pleaded with God to rescue him of this disaster, even offering his life, if need be. “If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me – if I have found favour in your eyes – and do not let me face my own ruin” (Numbers 11: 15).
The significance of this is that Moses had that confidence to take and argue his case before the Almighty. We find not only Moses but others who pleaded with God as one would with a good father. Seeing the desolation of Jerusalem, Daniel wept and pleaded with God, “Lord, listen! Lord forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God do not delay, because your city and your people bear my name” (Daniel 9:19). David once in distress also pleaded directly to God. “Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me, redeem me because of my foes.. I am in pain and distress, may your salvation, O God, protect me” (Psalm 69:18-29).
What we see in all these passages is individuals who when pressed would not hesitate but go and plead with the Almighty directly. This is why it has often been said that the relation we have with God is a personal one, unlike many other faiths. For believers we enjoy that confidence of walking to God to plead any matter before him as would a child before a loving father. After all, ours is a God who says, “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord (Isaiah 1:18). Much like Moses, Daniel and David, today take whatever matter is deep on your heart, lay it before His feet, and plead with Him, whose answer is there for you; “Is the Lord’s arm too short..” (Numbers 11:23).
Prayer for today: Lord father God in heaven, as a child comes to a father, today I walk directly to you and plead my case that you show me your mercy and everlasting goodness, in Christ’s name, I do pray!