Planning a family reunion. Organizing a Christmas office party. Event managers pay attention to details. Pages of to-do lists wait to be checked off.
Many years ago, I was involved in event management for a large university in California. Over 40,000 people would converge on a Saturday to watch their beloved team crush an opponent on the football field. The logistics of a major college football game are immense. Timing is absolutely critical. There can be no excuses — especially when live TV is involved. Working behind the scenes allowed me to appreciate the amount of work required before that first home game of a football season.
I would hate to be God’s event manager.
Can you imagine the logistics involved when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt?
Consider the following:
“Assuming a total of 3.6 million Israelites involved in the Exodus — 600,000 men (Exodus 12:37) plus their wives and an average of four children per family — the following statistics may be computed:
* If each family were allotted a space of 50 feet by 50 feet in which to camp, plus an equal area for their livestock, the total space needed would be 3 billion square feet, or an area of 10 and a half square miles.
* If the Israelites and an equal number of livestock were placed in a line 50 abreast, the length of the line would stretch more than 100 miles. Moving at a leisurely 2 1/2 miles per hour, the “parade” would take nearly 50 hours to march past the same point.
* It would take the equivalent of 160 railroad box cards of food, and 1,080 tank cars of water, just to meet the minimum daily needs of the nation.
* And yet, God supplied the nation’s needs . . . not for one day . . but every day for 40 years until at last they reached the promised land.” (Source: handout from Through the Bible)
Think about the relief you feel when a well organized family member is in charge of the reunion, or a detail-oriented person is running the Christmas office party. We have confidence that the event will run smoothly. How can we apply that into our own lives?
When we trust God is handling logistics, we receive three benefits:
1. We have Peace
We have peace of mind in knowing that God is 100% reliable and fully capable to take care of the details.
2. We have Joy
We are thankful that we are no longer in charge. That duty has been handed off with great joy.
3. We exercise Love
When logistics are taken off our plate, we can fully concentrate on exercising our spiritual gifts and share the fruits of the Spirit.
When my daughter was married last summer, it was a blessing to know that somebody capable was handling the logistics of the wedding. As a result, I was able to fully enjoy and immerse myself in the joy of the event.
God is requesting to be our event manager. He tell us,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30)
Are we going to trust that He is more than capable? Does His references check out? How much more proof to we need that He is reliable?
If God can move 3.5 million Israelites to the promised land, then we can also trust the he can move the mountains in our lives.
That’s faith. Trusting God will take care of the logistics so we can truly be his servants — even if it’s into the wilderness.