Chapter-a-Day Numbers 14

Violence!
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But they went anyway; recklessly and arrogantly they climbed to the high hill country. But the Chest of the Covenant and Moses didn’t budge from the camp. The Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in the hill country came out of the hills and attacked and beat them, a rout all the way down to Hormah. Numbers 14:44-45 (MSG)

This morning I think about the people of Israel acting “recklessly and arrogantly” as they go up to the hill country on their own, even though they were warned against it. As I look back in time, I can see times that I have acted in the same manner. Spurred on by misplaced passion, pride, or selfishness, I have many times acted rashly with little or no thought and prayer about my actions.

The results are generally disastrous.

Following the trail of emotion that is described, which led up to the Israelites rash decision, I see (in order):

Fear
Anger
Pessimism
Discontent
Mob Violence
Guilt
Shame
Sorrow
Fear

Such a range of emotions in such a short period of time. It’s not exactly a recipe for thoughtful, sound decision making.

Today, I’m reminded to be wise in my decisions and actions. Snap decisions and rash actions that emerge out of intense emotion are likely to prove foolish.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Numbers 14”

  1. I grumbled alot last year. At the time, I thought of it more as crying out to God, but I wonder if he heard it as complaining and grumbling. A few times over the past weeks I was reminded of my times of prostrate prayer in the living room, crying out to God. Then I was reminded how once life goes our way, we are much less likely to cry out in praise to God. Today I celebrate all that God has provided for me and am reminded by the passage to trust and not complain.

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