Be Careful What You Wish For

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 14 and 15.
Ten of the twelve spies whom Moses sent into the Land of Canaan said that Israel was incapable of taking the land. How did the people react to that? It was typical of their wilderness wanderings, “So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night” (Numbers 14:1). The Bible goes on to say, “And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, ‘If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!'” (v. 2). They did not learn from their other episodes of complaining, but complained again and wished that they were already dead. They questioned why the Lord had brought them out of Egypt into the wilderness and they began to make plans to return (vv. 3, 4).
Can you believe it? Moses and Aaron could not either, so they fell upon their faces before the people (v. 5).
God gave Israel their wish and killed them in the wilderness. Friends, it is not a good idea to complain against the Lord and it is not a good idea to wish that He would punish you. It is far better to receive with gladness whatever He gives in life.

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