Numbers 14

Numbers 14:1-45

SUMMARYMob mentality

OVERVIEWIsrael rebels against Moses and threatens to kill him and others who trust God. Moses intercedes on their behalf, but God disciplines the nation, preventing them from entering the promised land for 40 years—one year for each day the spies explored the land.

BIG IDEADon’t lose faith when you are outnumbered.

KEY VERSENumbers 14:18 (Moses remembers what God said about himself)
The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.

There will always be whiners. There will always be doubters. You may have to stand alone for me. Be strong. Even when others mock you or demean me, have faith. Be bold. Even when faithfulness isn’t the popular choice, follow me. Be courageous. Even when friends or family accuse you of ignoring common sense, trust me. Keep listening for my voice when others try to drown it out. I will speak to you but don’t be distracted by outside noise.

Take a look around you. Is everyone negative and full of doubt? You may need some new friends. But be honest with yourself as well. If those you’ve always trusted are unanimously against you, perhaps you’re not hearing from me. Maybe I’m leading you in a direction but not yet releasing you. Timing is essential, so don’t run ahead of me. I will always guide you. Be sure you are following. Sometimes waiting requires just as much faith. Wait on me, and then go when I release you.

Beware of grumblers. Hang out with those who point you towards God, not those who whine or complain about him.


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