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’s easy to read this story and get frustrated at the Israelites. Their cries have been heard, God delivered from oppression, and now leads them in 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 vulnerable citizens?

Wanting to keep vulnerable people safe is honorable. Yet, the Israelites were willing to sacrifice God’s guidance and protection in order to do so; they essentially refused to trust God. They thought going back to a familiar life was better than moving forward with God.

What is God asking you to trust him with today? Your family? Your finances? 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 we might face.

Robin Miller