What Went Wrong?
First, the people were not prepared to receive the blessing of a Promised Land yet.
Only three verses and three days after the powerful praise songs of Moses and Miriam about their deliverance through the Red Sea (Exodus 15), the Bible says, “The people complained against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?’” God miraculously provided pure water for them. The next chapter says, “The children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron…you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
But their response to proceed changed after they realized who God was and that He always did what He said He would do. So forty years later, when given a second chance to possess the land, their response was, “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.” (Joshua 1:16) They had learned a lot about loving, trusting and obeying God during their wandering in the desert.
Our lives reflect what we believe or do not believe about God. Do we know our God? He has revealed Himself to us through His Word. We must read, study, and meditate on Scripture so God can teach us who He is, especially since we are to be like Him. Are we reflecting the one true God to the people around us?
What is your favorite way to read, study, and meditate on Scripture?
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