How quickly we forget God’s goodness
All the Israelites grumbled against Moses & Aaron, & the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert!” Numbers 14:2
Had they actually forgotten their slavery in Egypt? Had they forgotten God’s faithfulness, his provisions, his miracles?
If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk & honey, & will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them. Numbers 14:8-9
God had led the Israelites out of slavery, protected them, provided for them, his presence was with them, & he fulfilled his every promise. Yet, when they had to take one last step of faith to enter the promised land, the Israelites refused.
How could they stop trusting God after so much? They were afraid. They saw the giants, the impossible task, & they lost their focus on God.
Do we trust God only up to a point? When the big problems, tough decisions, or scary situations come upon us, do we take over or do we rest in God?
Not one of the men who saw my glory & the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt & in the desert but who disobeyed me & tested me ten times – not one of them will ever see the land I promised on the oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.
The result: that generation of Israelites lost out on the promised land. Not only that, but they then lived their last 40 years wandering in the desert.
When we fail to trust God, what blessings are we missing out on & what burdens are we adding to ourselves?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Numbers 16-17