Updated: Dec 17, 2019
“And the LORD said to Moses, 'Is the LORD’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.'” -Numbers 11:23 (ESV)
Never envision your destiny based upon your own abilities. We often project upon others what we see in ourselves. The same can be true for our relationship with God. We sometimes measure the extent of our future based upon our current reality, ability, or experience.
Sometimes we view God in light of our own shortcomings thus prompting God to ask the question: Has your view of Me become limited by your view of you? Do you really think that My hand is shortened or that I cannot save?
God wants us to have ultimate confidence in what He has promised—even over what we see. The great news is that one day your faith will become sight.
In this passage above, God tells Moses that the limitations people think He has are not true. There is nothing outside of God’s power or ability. He’s not like us. He has no shortcomings.
Then God tells Moses something that I find so soothing: Now you’ll see.
I’d love to know how soon the “now” of the LORD is. Maybe it is “right now” or “about now” which is more like “just around the corner.” But either way, isn’t the most important part of this whole thing the fact that one day we will actually see it? One day, there will be a moment in time where it all comes to pass, just as God said it would, and in that particular moment in time we will have the divine revelation: “Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.” -Isaiah 49:23 (ESV)
I love how the Amplified Bible translates this verse: “And you shall know [with an understanding based on personal experience] that I am the Lord; For they shall not be put to shame who wait and hope expectantly for Me.” -Isaiah 49:23 (AMP)
With an understanding based on personal experience! That is so powerful!
It’s clear that God wants us to have an understanding prior to and perhaps even separate from experience—not simply rooted in what we’ve experienced but in what He has said! Then, as we have faith, it will eventually become sight, and in that particular moment we will have graduated to have an “understanding based on personal experience.”
It’s like when you put a seed into the ground. You believe it will grow a crop. But there are many days where the ground is just as barren or dry as before you even planted the seed. But then, one day, you come outside to witness the breakthrough in the ground, a sprout has formed, a plant is growing. In that moment, your faith has become sight, and you reap the benefits of sowing an investment that was not based simply on what you saw.
Take note: God is in no way insecure about what He has promised you and neither should you be! God is not worried about how what He said will come to pass. All He’s asking us to do is believe and with the kind of faith that brings great rest to the soul—sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
“Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.” -Numbers 11:23 (ESV)
“Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?” -Isaiah 43:13 (ESV)
Do not let your difficulty define your destiny. Instead, shift your focus solely upon God, His character, His nature, and His promises. What He has proclaimed, He will perform!
(Excerpted from 7 Signs that God has Someone for You (Extended Edition), Wes Raley)
God bless you,