Numbers 16:14 “What’s more, you haven’t brought us into another land flowing with milk and honey. You haven’t given us a new homeland with fields and vineyards. Are you trying to fool these men? We will not come.”
The Israelites were always losing their perspective. No matter what God did for them, they always fell into doubt and dissatisfaction. Nevermind that most of their problems were caused by their own actions and attitudes, they found themselves blaming Moses and God. They shifted their thoughts from what they had been given to what they didn’t have yet.
Moses sent twelve spies to explore the land. When they returned, two of them were optimistic that God would help them conquer the land, but ten gave a report about giants and scared the Israelites refusing to believe that God could help them. They focused on their fears instead of on God, so God caused them to wander in the wilderness for forty more years.
Afterwards, some of the Levites rebelled against Moses, Aaron and God causing their followers to lose their perspective and exaggerate their problems. When we take our eyes off of God and focus on our problems, we lose our perspective as well. Overreacting to our problems can hinder our relationship with God.
Are we content with what we have, or are we always thinking about what we don’t have? We shouldn’t let our desires for what we don’t have allow us to forget what God has already given us–food, work, friends, shelter, clothes, etc.
My reading schedule this week:
March 5 Numbers 23-25
March 6 Numbers 26-27
March 7 Numbers 28-30
March 8 Numbers 31-32
March 9 Numbers 33-34
March 10 Numbers 35-36
March 11 Deuteronomy 1-2
NOTE: I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com