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The people made a choice. They were willing to kill Moses and Aaron, abandon God, and march back to Egypt. This, in the midst of the presence of a God, who simply wanted to fulfill His promise, and give them a land of their very own.  Needless to say, God was not pleased. God appeared at the tent of meeting for all the people to see. There is little doubt that the unrest ceased, and the people realized that they had just made a big mistake.
 
Moses met with God–God was ready to wipe the lot of them out…They had done nothing to say thanks for their deliverance; other than to act with contempt,  whine and complain. Moses calmed God down by reminding him that it was God that would be shamed by their destruction. The other nations would question God’s authority–since God could not manage the people He had freed.  So, God spared the people, sort of.  He would still lead them provide and protect them; but, He would not allow them to enter or settle the promised land.  Only Joshua and Caleb would gain that privilege.
 
It would be a life of regret always being close, but never being released to enjoy the promise.  Difficult for God, who so wanted to bless them. Difficult for Moses–who would have to spend his life leading the people. What a true act of love and leadership, missing the blessing when he never wavered about his faith. Still, while not enjoying the blessing they might have, God would still love and lead the people–because He loved them.
 
In our lives, God loves us just as much.  He is heart broken when we fail to trust and follow Him. He forgives us, and continues to prepare, provide and protect us. Still, it grieves God to see us miss out on the blessing He wants for us.  We need to seek God’s will, and follow Him, even when it does not seem easy nor pleasant.  In His time, God will bless us–we simply have to trust Him.  If we fail to do so, He will forgive us; but, He may not bless us.  That would be a shame.
 
God Bless You

 Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. 11 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.”

13 Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear about it! By your power you brought these people up from among them. 14 And they will tell the inhabitants of this land about it. They have already heard that you, Lord, are with these people and that you, Lord, have been seen face to face, that your cloud stays over them, and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. 15 If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, 16 ‘The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’

17 “Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ 19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”

20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, 22 not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. 25 Since the Amalekites and the Canaanitesare living in the valleys, turn back tomorrow and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.[a]