It’s already been two week since I came home from the Women’s Retreat all charged up, expecting the supernatural. I’m still expecting.
My friend that was dreading the fact of having to go to a nursing home called this morning with the sad news that she has to go. She is disappointed and that is understandable. I don’t think any of us want to spend the last years of our life in such a place. But on the other hand we have to be thankful that there are such places when we no longer can live by ourselves. It sure is no fun to get old.
I had a friend who got sick when she was 80 years old and she couldn’t understand why. She had never been sick in her life!
A week ago my father turned 92 and he is still going strong! My mother on the other hand went to be with the Lord just shy of turning 80. She still had a long and productive life.
The mysteries of life are and remain a mystery. We better leave it at that. Some will be healthy, others will not.
Caleb of old was as strong at 80 years of age as he had been at 40. He was ready to take on a conquer the mountain he had set eyes on and God had promised him when he went to spy out the land together with Joshua and the ten unbelieving spies that made up the commissioned twelve.
What about Moses? He started his great, big mission in life when he was 80! And he saw the most supernatural things happen. First, there was the bush that was on fire and did not burn up. And from that bush the Lord spoke to him and sent him to deliver Israel from slavery to Egypt.
Then God did one supernatural miracle after another. Any miracle is supernatural!
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It has been estimated that the people Moses led out of Egypt consisted of about two million. Picture this vast army. Everybody had to leave in haste. They were not used to travel. The only thing they knew was how to make bricks. And there they were, marching out into the desert, hauling off their belongings and their flocks and herds.
“There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.”
When they reached the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army was following them it was not a funny sight. Moses was a shepherd not an army commander. But God turned this shepherd into a Commander in Chief. And with the staff of God in his hand he led the millions into the wilderness towards the Promised Land.
Let’s name a few of the Supernatural events:
- Walking through the Red Sea as on dry land
- Bitter waters at Marah turned sweet
- Provision of food from heaven, called Manna
- Water from the rock at Horeb
- Moses spoke to God and the voice of God answered him
- God wrote the Commandments on stone tablets
- Aaron’s staff budded and produced almonds
- Bronze snake to bring healing
How did he do it? “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). This was the key! He was humble.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Do you want to see some supernatural things in your life? Be humble! Recognize your total dependency of God.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10).
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11).
I hope my friend moving to the nursing home will find “supernatural power” to be happy there. Moses had to wander forty years in the wilderness as a Commander in Chief of grumbling and complaining people. Did it get on his nerves?
One time he was so tired of the people’s complaining that he hit the rock to get water, when God had told him to speak to the rock. His biggest mistake in life! That shut the entrance to the Promise Land for him.
Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD! 4 Why did you bring the LORD’s community into this desert, that we and our livestock should die here? 5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!”
6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. 7 The LORD said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”
9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
Can you believe the disappointment? And it happened as God ordered.
On that same day the LORD told Moses, 49 “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. 50 There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. 51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. 52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
God is no respecter of persons. He does not show favoritism. What he did for Moses he can do for us. The Bible says that for God one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. In God’s eyes it’s like all these miracles he did for Moses and the people of Israel had happened last week.
This time it might be your turn. Expect the supernatural in your life. Whatever your need is, don’t lose heart. Never stop expecting God’s supernatural move in your life.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Any time of the day you can wait in expectation!