Never mistake discipline for disinterest. Israel had ticked God off, no doubt. Their unbelief caused them to miss entering the promised land and drove them to march in the desert. God was truly angry with their choice. That was, in no way a decision to quit loving or to quit protecting them. He still led them each day, fed them each day and protected them each day. So when the Cnaanite King, Arad, decided to attack and vanquish Israel, he made a deadly assumption–he assumed they were an abandoned group of nomadic wanderers. That mistake would cost him and his people everything.
God allowed Arad to become an example to all the nations. God helped Israel to completely wipe them out in payment for their attack on the nation. All people and livestock dead; all cities burned, and nothing left to remember of Arad or his people. They changed the name of the land to “Destruction”. It must have been an invigorating experience to Israel. The people that were captured were now free. The Armies of Israel, under God’s protection wiped out the enemy, and the world once again learned that these were God’s folk–under His Hand and protected from all enemies foreign or domestic.
Like Israel, we can get cross-ways with God. When we do, the enemy likes to lie to us and tell us God has abandoned us. Nothing could be less true. God disciplines those He loves, but, he will never leave or forsake them. If someone thinks God has abandoned us, they are going to be sorely surprised as He protects and fulfills us. We have to continue to trust and follow The Lord–allowing Him to continue to protect, prepare and provide for us. As we do, God will then send the message to the enemy–“Redeemed! Bought with a price!” and we can rest safely and confidently in God’s arms!
God Bless You
When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them. 2 Then Israel made this vow to the Lord: “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy[a] their cities.” 3 The Lord listened to Israel’s plea and gave the Canaanites over to them. They completely destroyed them and their towns; so the place was named Hormah.[b