These days my mind is focused on how God reaches out to us in times of need,
longing, or when we are disheartened. In Numbers 11:23, God tells Moses that none
of the hardships, longings, or complaints of His wilderness people had escaped His ears.
If you read all of Numbers 11, you’ll find our loving God responding to His grumbling
people; in verse 23 God says, “Is the LORD’s arm too short?”. This image of “the
Lord’s arm” reaching out to His people is also in Isaiah 59:1, which reads, “Surely the
arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”
In this turbulent time, some of us may be feeling the weight of it all wearing on our
minds, hearts, and emotions. I don’t want to grumble, like the people in Numbers 11, but
I can appreciate how they could hardly keep themselves from doing so. This concept
of arms reaching out is heightened for me since I fell on my driveway at the end of
March 2020 and broke a bone in my right elbow. My dominant arm’s full motion was
limited then and has remained limited since then. I’m not alone in the sense of having
limitations that I am acutely aware of. I encourage you to remember that “Surely the
arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” Reach out to
Him and you will find His arm is not limited at all as He reaches back to you!