Summary: What step of faith do you need to take? What decision do you need to make? On what promise do you need to put down a stake?
Based on the Hebrew system of measurement, a day’s walk was approximately fifteen miles in any direction. So if you square the radius and multiply by pi, we’re talking about an area that was almost 700 square miles. To put that into perspective, Washington, DC is 68.3 square miles. Not only is that an area that is ten times larger than the nation’s capital, the quail were piled three feet deep.
Can you imagine seeing that many birds fly into the camp? It was a like a bird blizzard. Quailmeggedon. The cloud of birds was so massive that it seemed like a solar eclipse. For the rest of their lives, when the eyewitnesses who were there that day closed their eyes at night, they counted quail.
Once the quail stopped falling, the Israelites started gathering. Each Israelite gathered no less than ten homers. Ten homers multiplied by six hundred thousand men equals six million homers at a minimum. A homer equated to roughly 200 liters, and assuming that the quail were of an average size, it rained somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred and five million quail. You read that right: One hundred and five million quail. God doesn’t just provide in dramatic fashion. God provides in dramatic proportion.
Moses could have never anticipated this answer to prayer. It was unpredictable and unprecedented, but Moses had the guts to circle the promise anyway! And when you circle the promise, you never know how God will provide, but it’s always cloudy with a chance of quail.
Is there a promise you need to circle? Maybe you need to circle a promise for your marriage or your children. Maybe you need to circle a promise for this stage of life. Maybe you need to circle a promise for a fear you are facing or a dream you are pursuing.
Share about a promise you have circled. Example from The Circle Maker: a faith promise we made prior to my first book contract (TCM, pages 54–55).
Sizing Up God
Before the quailstorm appeared on Doppler radar, God asks Moses a question. It’s more than a question. It’s the question. Your answer to this question, the question, will determine the size of your prayer circles.
Is there any limit to my power?4
The obvious answer to that question is no. God is omnipotent, which means by definition, there is nothing God cannot do. Yet many of us pray as if our problems are bigger than God. So let me remind you of this high-octane truth that should fuel your faith: God is infinitely bigger than your biggest problem or biggest dream. And while we’re on the topic, His grace is infinitely bigger than your biggest sin.
The modern mystic, A. W. Tozer, believed that a low view of God is the cause of a hundred lesser evils, but a high view of God is the solution to ten thousand temporal problems. If that’s true, and I believe it is, then your biggest problem isn’t an impending divorce or failing business or doctor’s diagnosis. Please understand: I’m not making light of your relational or financial or health issues. I certainly don’t want to minimize the overwhelming challenges you might be facing. But in order to regain a godly perspective on your problems, you have to answer this question: are your problems bigger than God or is God bigger than your problems? Our biggest problem is our small view of God. That is the cause of all lesser evils. And it’s a high view of God that is the solution to all other problems.