The Long Arm of the Lord


One of my favorite all-time NBA basketball player is Jerry West, also known as “Mr. Clutch” and “The Logo”. One of the many things that set Jerry West apart from most men is that he possesses a very long wingspan.

In the NBA, long arms are an asset on defense. According to one survey, the average contemporary man has a wingspan 2” longer than his height. The average NBA player has a wingspan 4” greater than his height. Jerry West has a wingspan of 81”, which means he should be 6’ 9”.

When Moses was complaining to God about all the difficulties in leading God’s people out of Egypt, the Lord said this to Moses, “Is the LORD'S power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.” Numbers 11:23 (NASB)

The New International Version of the Bible translates it this way, “…Is the LORD's arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” Numbers 11:23 (NIV)

There are times when we feel that our arms our too short to reach heaven. We pray and nothing seems to happen. We obey God’s Word and fail to see apparent fruit. We fellowship with our brethren in Christ and nothing seems to change. Our arms seem too short.

Whenever we feel that our arms are too short, remember that God’s arm is not. Isaiah declared, “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” Isaiah 59:1 (NIV) God’s arm is never too short to reach us.

Ultimately, God heard the cries of His people and reached down from heaven to earth by sending His Son, Jesus so that we might be saved.

Something to think about…