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This Morning in the Word: The Improbable Becomes Reality

March 9, 2011

The improbable becomes reality

 Numbers 10 and Mark 14


Moses cried out to God when the burden of leadership became too much for him to bear. And God answered.

He told Moses to gather other leaders to help carry the burden. And then He told Moses that He was going to move radically and give the “wailing” people exactly what they had requested. (In this case they were craving meat.) God promised to give them an extreme abundance – to the point that they would be overflowing with it, vomiting it out their nostrils. Now there’s a graphic word picture!


Moses protested by pointing out to the Lord that in order for Him to give the people so much meat that they were sick of it, the amount would be almost immeasurable. “Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”  

Now, at this juncture we should be wincing for Moses. That he would believe it necessary to point out ANYTHING to God is a clear indication that he wasn’t doing his best thinking. As if God were unaware of how many people were there and how much meat would be required. I’m sure that none of us would ever be that fool hearted.


God’s answer to Moses brings sanity back into the conversation:  Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.


We don’t want to miss the obvious: When God speaks, the improbable becomes reality.


Interestingly enough, the One Year Bible reading for today also takes us to Mark where the same thing is demonstrated.


Mark 14 recounts the time when Jesus sends his disciples to prepare for the Passover. He tells them that they are to go into the city where they will meet a man carrying a jar of water. They are to follow him and talk to the owner of the house he enters. They are to tell the owner that The Teacher is requesting a guest room where He can eat the Passover with his disciples. Jesus tells them that they will be led to an upper room that is furnished and ready for them. 

The disciples follow the directions and incredibly enough they “found things just as Jesus had told them.”


We don’t want to miss the obvious: When God speaks, the improbable becomes reality. 

The arm of the Lord is not short; nothing is beyond His reach. Every detail is already under His care. Nothing is so complex that He will be thwarted in bringing His promises to pass.


Here’s why: He is not just a First Responder. He is The Initiator. 

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:36  

We don’t want to miss the obvious: When God speaks, the improbable becomes reality.


So, we are left with some burning questions:

Am I believing Him, trusting Him as He works improbably in my life?

Do I really listen to His words?

Do I listen quickly?

Do I listen with a responsive heart?


May we pray Psalm 85:8

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan permalink
    March 11, 2011 1:21 pm

    Good stuff Becky!

    • March 11, 2011 9:06 pm

      Your words of encouragement are a rich blessing for I know your faith journey has given you opportunity to confront this truth and then rely on it.

  2. Pamela Herndon permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:51 pm

    Unfortunately, I think that the mom in me would be a lot like Moses only I would be specifying not only amounts but the correct way to prepare it so that my flock will eat it. I tend to point out the obvious when I should be more trusting. I long to hear God speak but need to learn to be quiet long enough for that to happen. Even when I hear Him speaking, I tend to interject way more than I ought.

    • March 14, 2011 9:06 pm

      Pam, you have expressed a cry that is very counter-cultural – a cry for quiet that lasts long enough for our soul to be stilled to the point that we can hear His voice. I am so glad that the Lord has positioned our lives so I can watch Him at work in you and your precious family. Cool stuff!

      • Pamela Herndon permalink
        March 15, 2011 6:05 am

        It’s funny how right after I posted last night. I had the opportunity to listen. 🙂

      • March 15, 2011 8:08 pm

        Oh, my, isn’t that just like our God to quickly send an opportunity for us to put our promises into practice?!?! For some reason I’m singing one of my little grandson’s favorite Veggie Tale songs: God is Bigger than the Boogie Man. 🙂 How patient He is with our process! I am so glad we are getting to walk together – even late at night.

  3. Pamela Herndon permalink
    March 15, 2011 9:00 pm

    Thanks so much for being there last night and not laughing at my over-reactions. With God’s grace all ended well. :)See you Sunday!

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