Numbers 14:1 – And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
After their miraculous escape from the clutches of evil Egypt, the Israelites finally reached the cusp of the Promised Land. Perched in Kadesh, spies were sent to examine the land. The scouts observed astonishing bounty and overwhelming obstacles over the course of forty days. Their report to Moses wrongly emphasized the obstacles over the opportunities.
When faith fails the faithless falter, followers flounder, and favor fades.
The failure of just ten people to discern God’s providence resulted in the discouragement of thousands of people. The people agonized over their calamity (14:1) despite the plea of faithful Caleb and Joshua (13:30, 14:6-9). They cried and complained (14:2). They sought retreat, but not repentance. They rejected faith in a bright future, and sought the familiarity of a destructive past (14:3). They dissented and sought new leadership (14:4). The favor of God disappeared as the nation was banished to the wilderness (14:22-25).
Failures of faith can have devastating results…
But faith-filled decisions can have victorious results!
The next generation of Israelites made the decision by faith to enter into the Promised Land, and they experienced one victory after another (Joshua 18:1). Their progress only stalled when – you guessed it – they failed to act in faith.
Jesus Christ has assured us that we will triumph when we live by faith (2 Corinthians 2:14). Our faith is the victory which overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). Our faith in Christ makes us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)! If God be for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?
Your faith has reached the fork in the road. Failures of faith lead to fruitless pitfalls. Faithfulness leads to fruitful victories. Choose faith. Choose it every time.
Daily Reading: Numbers 13:25-14:10
Bible Reading Challenge: 21 Days on Faith