Summary: If you are looking for some breakthrough or some kind of a miracle in your life, for a long time, this sermon is for you. It is human to expect miracle to happen in the usual way. But remember miracles are miracles because they happen the God's way.
If you are looking for some breakthrough or some kind of a miracle in your life, for a long time, this sermon is for you.
It is very human to expect miracle to happen in the usual way. You think of something exciting and hope things would happen the way you planned.
But remember miracles are miracles because they do not happen the usual way. Otherwise there is no miracle at all, if it happens in the ordinary manner.
Miracles are miracles because they happen the God's way. That is why Bible says in Isa 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
See the analogy that God has used. As heavens are higher than the earth, which simply means with your earthly wisdom you can never comprehend God’s thoughts towards you. They are far, far higher.
Again 1 Corinthians 2:9 says But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
That is a miracle. No one could have ever guessed it. But God knows. And He alone knows.
1. Miracles need you to see things the way God sees
Israelites were wandering through the wilderness and as always they murmured against good. If you read Numbers 11, the people craved to eat meat and they murmured against the servant of God. And a miracle happens. Although his miracle is outcome of people’s craving, we are not getting into that. God heard Moses and performs a miracle for him.
Now, understand the context very carefully. Already God promised of a miracle.
18 Then you shall say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. 19 You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 20 but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the Lord who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?”’”
And since God said it, it would happen, no matter what. It really isn't Moses’ job to figure out how this would happen. That's God problem. But Moses takes it upon himself. He begins making a mental calculation of how God could do something like this. Many times in our life we end up doing the same. We begin to make our guesses, sometimes we make plans on our own and some brilliant people would even start suggesting to God. ‘God, may be you can do this. Or else, try this.’ Hey, that's His problem. He is wiser than you. He knows more than what you know or could ever think or imaging. Allow God to do His job.
Moses begins to think. First he counts the number of people. Vs 21 - The people whom I am among are six hundred thousand men on foot. So God has to provide meat for so much people. And then he calculates the number of days. Same verse continues yet You have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month.
Yet, you have said. Moses thinks God has made a wrong calculation. He is saying, God, don’t you know there are so many men. And Yet how could you say, you are going to provide meat not just for a day or two but for a whole month.
Moses thinks God did some foolishness by over-promising and he gets worried. How is God going to do this? How can God do this?
He thinks next of the resources available with them for God to perform the miracle. He looks around. What do they have with them? They have with them flocks of sheep and may be herds of cattle and probably there may some fish in the sea. But he realises even all this is just not enough for all that God has over-promised them. So
Moses asks the next question to God.
Vs 22 - Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to provide enough for them?”
Moses might seem stupid. But many times in our life, we act just like him. Like Moses, we also see only the obvious. We calculate based on what the requirement is, what are the resources available, what are the means available and we begin to make our suggestions to God.