The other day I was reading a email and the writer mentioned Numbers 11:11 which says, “Moses said to the LORD, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me?”
This started me to thinking about the answer to Moses question. Why would God allow Moses to carry such a monolithic task? Why would God entrust the success of His great plan of redemption, for all mankind, on this one man?
Let me give you a brief history lesson on Israel so that your up to speed on Moses and his question.
Jacob and his family were enduring the worst drought they had ever seen. When they hear that Egypt has food. Jacob does not hesitate. He sends his remaining boys, he thinks Joseph is dead and is not willing to send the youngest Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. This, according to God’s plan, starts a four hundred year stay in Egypt for the descendants of Israel. During this long stay becoming slaves and work in ever increasing difficulties until they finally begin crying out to God for deliverance. This is where Moses comes into the story. He, being a Hebrew by birth and raised in the Pharaoh’s court, was the perfect guy to help free the people of Israel. After forty years training in the wilderness God brings Moses back to Egypt to led them out into the wilderness of Sinai they go with no water or food. Is it not long until the people (likely millions of them) begin crying out to Moses to feed them. Moses cries out to God and asks the question we are considering for this article.
So why did God entrust so much to this man Moses? Why did He lay this burden on his shoulders?
First, I think it was because God had confidence in Moses’ ability to lead this nation. What a wonderful testimony to Moses character for God to entrust so much to him. I think that most of us would be extremely negative in this situation. Like Moses it would be easy to get upset and say “How could He do this to me? After everything I have done for Him He leads me out here to watch these people starve to death.”
That is precisely why we need a change of perspective. We should rejoice that God knows we are stronger than we think. We should rejoice that God has enough confidence in us to allow us a hand in the lives of other people. The next time your going through a tough time ask yourself a questions. 1) What does God see in me that would allow me to face such times, and 2) What can I learn from this situation.
Secondly, I think God wanted Moses to learn a greater lesson. God needed Moses to trust Him more than anything in life. When he was hungry, when he was thirsty, when he was tired, and when he had no clue what to do or where to turn, God needed Moses to trust Him. God allows us to endure situations so that we can learn to trust Him in this life.
Again this is precisely why we need to change our perspective on life and hardships. We like to talk about faith and we pray for more of it but don’t you dare let anything bad happen in my life. We should be thanking God that He takes the time to hear us and teach us. God is concerned with our lives and that makes me feel loved by Him.
Let me leave you a passage that I think Moses would have appreciated and so should we.
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.