Fear and Grumbling
Scripture selection: Numbers 14:1-4
“That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Once fear set in, the grumbling soon followed. The sequence was predictable.
First – the “bad report” from those who had spent to check out the Promised Land – the report that suggested that even God could not protect the people from such formidable enemies.
Second – the fear – what could such a “grasshopper” size people do now?
Third – the grumbling – they shouldn’t have listened to this fool Moses in the first place!
And finally, the paralysis set in.
It can happen to us too.
We can so easily be paralyzed by our own fears, doubt, and negativity.
If, when we are tempted to think and act in such a way, we can only remember God and God’s promises, we need not be so easily defeated.
“Fear not!” How often do we hear that coming from God in the scriptures? We hear it again and again.
So, don’t allow “fear and grumbling” to have control. Its source is anything but the God who rules the universe.