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Numbers 14-15

Daily Devotional from Numbers 14--

Verse 3 (CSB)
Why is the Lord bringing us into this land to die by the sword? Our wives and children will become plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?

It is so easy to read this story and get so frustrated at the Israelites. Their cries have been heard, they’ve been delivered from oppression, God saw them safely to deliverance by parting the Red Sea and he travels with them by a pillar of cloud and fire, and he feeds them daily. Yet, going back to Egypt seemed like a better option, in order to save their children and vulnerable citizens?
 
Wanting to keep the children and vulnerable people safe is an honorable and noble thing to do. Yet,  what the Israelites were willing to sacrifice in order to do so was walk away from God’s guidance, from his protection, his safety--essentially refusing to trust God. Going back to a life that was familiar was better than moving forward with God.

What is God asking you to trust him with today? Your family? Your kids? Our Church community? The future of our country? God is asking that we trust him when all hope seems lost and everything seems bleak. He knows what is coming and is bigger and better than anything that could take us.

Robin Miller 

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