They did what they wanted, not what God told them to do, and they paid the consequences.
The Israelites rebelled and refused to go into the Promised Land because of the negative report from 10 of the spies who had scouted it out. They rejected the fact that God said he would give them success in the battle so they could live in this very fertile and beautiful land. God wanted them to have it.
But they refused. They were scared. They disobeyed.
As a result, God tells them that they will wander in the wilderness for 40 years until the last person from this wicked generation has passed away. The 10 spies who discouraged all of the people were struck with a plague as a result of their disobedience.
So, what do the Israelites do? NOW they decided they were ready to go into the land. NOW they disobey again by not listening to God when he says it will be 40 more years. They think (dangerous words) that they have paid the price for their earlier disobedience and they want to go live in the Promised land. They totally disregard God’s latest instruction and go fight the Amalekites. Moses tells them not to go – “The Lord is not with you.”
But they go anyway…and they are defeated. No surprise there.
Doesn’t this explain a lot of the pain and defeat we see in the world around us? People doing what they want, ignoring God. Rejecting God’s direction and going our own ways only to be defeated over and over again.
God has so much more planned for us! He has a purpose for us. He wants us to experience a life full of joy. And he wants to be the leader of our life so he can make all of this happen.
We are more than conquerors with Christ!
Thank you, dear God!