Sunday, August 22, 2021

Moses in the Desert

“And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matt. 19:26

Sometimes things are just too big for our puny little brains to comprehend. And when we can’t wrap our minds around a situation, we look elsewhere for things to make sense. Hopefully the All-Knowing God of the Universe is at the top, the very top, of our list. 


We all know the story of Moses. He was faced with an insurmountable situation. Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them?


They had to be fed and feeding two or three million people requires a lot of food.


According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each at least a mile long, would be required!


You also must remember they were out in the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day.


And just think, they were forty years in transit!


And they would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons each day and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water!


And then another thing!


They had to get across the Red Sea at night. Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So there had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night.


But then, there is another problem...............each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles long........ think of it! This much space for camping. (By the way, all these facts are taken from a fun website called



Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt? I don’t think so! You see, Moses believed God. Not the “Oh, I believe in God like I believe in Santa Clause” kind of belief but a belief in his heart that God had it all under control. Period. God took care of these things for him. Now do you think God has any problem taking care of all our needs?


Now, there is nothing wrong with planning. Those of you who know me know I can be a bit O.C.D. The problem comes when we put our planning and control above the will and providence of the Lord. Sometimes (most of the time) His plans differ from our plans. Peace comes with our willingness to “let go and let Him.” 


May our needs become a prayer. We ask for the Lord’s blessings and care. We ask for the Lord to guide and protect us as we go along our way.


His love is always with us and His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares, we know He will see us through.


May we all rest in HIS provision and plans…


…as we journey through the desert.


By Eric Joseph Staples ©




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