Friday, May 27, 2011

Six Gallons Each Day

The television reports of the conflict that occurred a few years ago in Kuwait gave new insight into the biblical account of Israel’s exodus from Egypt in the days of Moses. The scenes that were portrayed on television of what the Arabian desert was like helps us understand certain parts of the wilderness in which the Jews wandered for forty years. The two deserts are located close to each other and conditions in each of them are almost identical.

One of the first news reports coming out of “Operation Desert Shield” told of an American general who instructed his soldiers to drink at least six gallons of water every day to avoid dehydration. There was talk of transporting barges filled with fresh water to seaports just so the demands for water could be met.

Using the figure of six gallons for each soldier each day, consider just how much water the Israelites in the Old Testament would have needed as they trekked across the wilderness for forty years. Instead of the 50,000 soldiers the United States had in Saudi Arabia, Moses had 603,550 men of war with him in the Sinai Peninsula. This number only included those “…from twenty years old and above—all who are able to go to war” (Numbers 1:3). It did not include those from the tribe of Levi (22,000), the aged or infirm men, the wives most of them must have had, nor the children. Assuming that 95% of the men were married and each had at least three children the total number that left Egypt would have exceeded three million. If six gallons is a true figure (and who can argue with a general!), the daily requirement for the Israelites would have been 18,000,000 gallons of water each day for forty years! When you consider the fact that water was needed for other purposes, including water for their animals, the numbers become astronomical. Yet, “…they did not thirst when He led them through the deserts. He made the water flow out of the rock for them; He split the rock, and the water gushed forth” (Isaiah 48:21).

The miracles associated with the exodus of Israel from Egypt show how great our God is. He who cared for them cares for us!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Anchor of the Soul

The poet writes, “Hopelessness is wringing the lifeblood out of multitudes of people.”  It’s true.  We are haunted by hopelessness.  It kills our spirit and chokes any sense of optimism or anticipation.  It leads to suffering, loneliness, despair, and suicide.
When we lose hope we lose will-power.  We are left empty and afraid.  In the final analysis no hope can come from the government in Washington.  It cannot come from educational achievement or business success, either.
Without hope we grope in darkness.  It is like the blind leading the blind.  Lost hope is the undertaker’s best friend.  It was Sir Thomas Lipton of England, a multimillionaire and winner of many boat races, who shortly before dying, said:  “I’d give up every trophy in my collection for the one I haven’t got” – that is a hope of heaven and eternal life.  It is hope that cheers the child of God for “…the righteous hath hope in his death” (Prov. 14:32).  It is hope that serves as a sure and steadfast anchor of the Christian’s soul (Heb. 6:19).  Hope is the stimulus to action and the incentive to achievement.  How strong is your hope?

Friday, May 6, 2011


A chameleon is a funny creature.  He changes color depending on his surroundings.  He adapts and fits in – wherever he is. 

The story goes that a chameleon was put on a plaid blanket and he exploded… he was trying to be “everything” and his body was tugged in different directions.

Don’t be like a chameleon and try to be all things to all people, depending on the group you’re with or the situation you’re in.  It will destroy you.