One would think that the Israelites could figure it out. They had, after all, watched God do more than any people had ever seen. Still, fear started to overtake the people. It was not just a little fear, they were afraid to the point that their slavery and abuse seemed safer than trusting God. The same God who liberated them from that abuse.The Israelites whipped themselves into such a frenzy, that they were picking new leaders; and preparing to stone God’s guys Moses and Aaron. Suffice it to say, that was not good.
Paul said it best, “God does not give us the spirit of fear, but, instead the spirit of power and a sound mind!” 2 Timothy 1:7. When they were faced with following God or their fears; the people voted loudly to follow their fears. Satan had been at work for some time. “We do not like Manna, We want meat.” “We do not like the way we have had to face all this adversity…it was so much easier in Egypt!” The groundswell started small, but now had risen to an all out revolt–But then God arrived.
In our lives, we see God do great and glorious things. Preparation, protection and provision all laid out before us as we travel along the amazing journey. It is not a very far walk, however, to a place where fear can begin to creep in and make us believe we are alone and abandoned. We lose faith in God’s overall plan; for the circumstances that rise before us. In those times, we must look at God’s track record, and remember He is always faithful. We simply have to choose to trust God and push through the circumstances, no matter how dire they seem. We cannot abandon the faith the Lord has imparted to us for the fear the enemy attempts to plant in our lives. We must ask for and choose faith in God, every time. Failure to do so, will most assuredly end in a life of fear and defeat. As the Hymn so aptly states, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus…but, to trust and obey!”
God Bless You
That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell face down in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there.6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
10 But the whole assembly talked about stoning them.