The people of Israel were walking around the desert for forty years. Because of their disobedience, they knew that none of them would enter into the Promised Land. So, they were left to walking, stopping, walking, then stopping some more.
Moses (the leader of Israel) had asked Edom to allow them to pass through the land. Edom rejected their request, so Israel needed to walk around their land to get to their destination.
Here’s what it says in Numbers 21:4: “Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey,”
Have you ever faced this? You have a destination in mind, the journey seems long and neverending, and it seems like you will never get to your desired location.
That is normal.
As humans, we are constantly focused on the next goal, the next objective, the next achievement, the next stage, the next ______________.
It is easy to grow impatient along the way.
Israel even started to complain ABOUT God’s provision, saying that they couldn’t stand the food (“manna”) that God was giving to them (found in Numbers 21:5).
As a result of Israel’s attitude and complaints, God sent a plague among them, and they were eventually healed.
Might I make a suggestion?
While the journey may be difficult, tiring, and long…
Trust God, enjoy the view along the way, thank Him for His provision, and learn what He wants to teach you.
It’s better that way.