But Moses said (to the Lord), “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot and you say, ‘I will give you meat to eat for a whole month.’ “- Numbers 11:21
“Your job is not to crunch numbers and audit the will of God.”- Mark Batterson
As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 13 of The Grave Robber, he references the time the Israelites were in the wilderness and complained about eating manna every day (Numbers 11). When the Lord promised the Israelites meat for a month, Moses did the mental math. The numbers didn’t add up.
Pastor Batterson then asks what we do when the will of God doesn’t add up. In Mark’s experience the will of God rarely adds up. God’s output always exceeds our input. Mark states that, by definition, a God-ordained dream always will be “beyond your resources and beyond your ability.”
The author truly believes that as long as we keep our eyes on thing near and dear to our heavenly Father’s heart, He will take care of the bottom line. Although Moses couldn’t fathom how God would deliver on His promise of meat, Moses cashed in on that promise. The quail were piled three feet deep over an area of approximately 700 square miles. That providence, Mark notes, was a miracle of biblical proportions.
As Mark summarizes, recorded in the book of Numbers is a miracle that doesn’t add up: “But with God, it’s always cloudy with a chance of quail.”
Today’s question: What Scriptures have strengthened you trust in God’s provision? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation. “Z marks the spot”