Numbers 11: Rely on God to Achieve Great Things


Sometimes we think that we can take on everything by ourselves. However, eventually we realize that we can’t and need to rely on the power of God.

In Numbers chapter 11, the people of Israel were complaining because they could not have meat. God was providing manna every day, but they wanted more and told Moses in no uncertain terms about the problem.

Moses was only human, and he knew that he had not handle this on his own.

Num 11:13  Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.

Num 11:14  I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

He knew that he would not be able to handle everyone and everything all the time. God knew that though, and He had a plan to help Moses out.

Num 11:16  And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.

Num 11:17  And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

God will bring people into our lives to help us out as well. Obviously, we can do nothing without Him, but He also uses other people empowered by Him to strengthen and support us.

I think this is illustrated in the New Testament by how the church was and is supposed to function. A diverse group of people with several different gifts are supposed to work together and complement each other’s talents. Empowered by God, they should be able to achieve the purpose of the church which was outlined by Jesus.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

This is important to remember. When we think that the mission is too big, God will bring people along to help us further His Kingdom on earth. All things are possible through the power of God.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on November 27, 2012, in Numbers and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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