Collapse at Kadesh

Re: Verse reading–Numbers 13:26-33; 14:1-9 (day one)

“Our wives and children will be taken as plunder.  Wouldn’t it be better to go back to Egypt?”–14:3

It was a sad day.  A permanent regret.  God had prepared them.  Proved Himself at the Red Sea crossing, provided for them in daily manna.  Then, irrational fear took over.  At the first mention of powerful opponents and fortified cities and giant warriors, the people panicked!  No reference to a faithful, powerful God.  Wildfire anxiety!  Before long, they were imagining disaster and considering a return to Egypt!

At some point, fear becomes a choice.  “Let not your heart be troubled” says the Lord.  If fear is ruling my life, at some level I am allowing it.

Sad day for them.  Costly failure.  Doesn’t have to be so for us.  “TRUST in the LORD with all your heart!  Lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your paths.”–Proverbs 3:4-5.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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