“Numbers 11:23 “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

     Moses had his doubts.  How would the Lord be able to come good on His promise to feed the Israelites; “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’” (Numbers 11:21)  God had to remind Moses not to judge Him by his standards.

     Matthew Henry says; “Even true and great believers sometimes find it hard to trust God under the discouragements of second causes, and against hope to believe in hope.”  The world and its people will always put up evidence and resistance against what God is doing or promises to do.  But as Matthew Henry points out; “If He speaks, it is done.”

      Doubt is one of the fixtures of the fallen world we live in.   How could Moses have doubted after having been brought so far by God with so many miracles and powerful works? Jamieson, Fausset and Brown’s commentary points out; “The great leader, struck with a promise so astonishing as that of suddenly furnishing, in the midst of the desert, more than two millions of people with flesh for a whole month, betrayed an incredulous spirit, surprising in one who had witnessed so many stupendous miracles. But it is probable that it was only a feeling of the moment—at all events, the incredulous doubt was uttered only to himself. . . ”

        Let us not judge Moses too harshly.  We are not immune to doubts that continually creep in upon us.  After being healed of heart disease, many thought I had just been misdiagnosed.  If my wife and I had not requested the two reports from very reputable independent clinics outlining the damage and poor condition of my heart we might be pushed into doubt very easily.  Sometimes when I feel an odd twinge in my chest I think for a moment; ‘Oh –  IT’s coming back!’  I may forget the words of the Ottawa heart institutes’s surgeon; ‘You’re fine, I didn’t have to do any procedure! People don’t often get a second chance.’  In fear I may forget God’s Word on healing (James 5:14-16).

     Healing is a promise that is packaged within our salvation.  The great prophet Isaiah asks; “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1) Isaiah continues and tells us; “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)  How easily we fall into doubt as we contend with the myriad of little ‘second cause’ torments in this world!  When things don’t turn out the way we have prayed we ask why?  We want an explanation – someone must be lacking in something!

      The people who took Jesus for granted had a  lack of faith and a lack of esteem for Jesus that blocked them from His power; “‘Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.’ He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.” (Mark 6:4,5)  God is gracious.  He understands our frailties and He won’t hold our doubts against us.  Although we (like Moses) hold our doubts against God and His promises.  God’s will is healing.  God’s will is salvation.   Each and every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be healed and will be saved (Romans 10:13). Some walk in a full measure of that glory on this side of eternity, for the rest of us we will come into it in His time.

     Whatever pit we have dug for ourselves with our anxieties and fears it is not disease or death that is the enemy  –  Jesus defeated both. Our enemy is doubt!  When Daniel’s friends were faced with the fiery furnace  they were not sure they would survive their trial.  However, they had no doubt about God’s ability to handle it; “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17,18)  We may not know what’s going to happen but like Daniel’s friends we can be certain of God’s power!

     We are all going to die (Hebrews 9:27).  How and when, we mercifully don’t know.  Faith in Jesus can not only heal us but set us free from worry and doubt about our fate.  Our greatest healing, our greatest freedom is to be delivered from doubt.   Jesus tells us; ““If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23) And we can cry out like the father whose child He healed; ““Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)  Jesus doesn’t turn His back on us just because we struggle with doubt.

     By the same measure, let’s not turn our backs on His promises because of our struggles.  Rather let us be like Daniel’s friends facing the fiery furnace –  God can handle anything!  The apostle Paul tells us the God has a long, long reach; “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8, 38,39)

     Praise the Lord!

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