Israel failed to enter into the rest God had secured for them. Paul warned the believers, “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:11, NIV).
The only way to fulfill the destiny God has planned for you is by obedience. You must shut out every voice that would tempt you to disobey God. You must set your heart and mind to obey Him, regardless of the cost.
The Israelites refused to listen to the voice of God but chose instead to listen to negative reports. They began to grumble and murmur against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! 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?” (Numbers 14:2-3, NIV).
Their grumbling was directed at Moses and Aaron, but their murmuring was actually against God. It was an outward expression of the unbelief that was in their hearts.
- They had murmured and complained about a lack of food: "Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full" (Exodus 16:3).
- They murmured and complained that there was no water: "Wherefore is this that thou has brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?" (Exodus 17:3).
- They were not satisfied with the manna God gave them, and had murmured and complained that there was no flesh to eat: "Who shall give us flesh to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt..."(Numbers 11:18).
Then, at Kadeshbarnea as they listened to the negative reports concerning the giants in the land, they murmured and complained, fearing that they would die in battle and that their wives and children would be taken captive. Their constant murmuring was actually against God, accusing Him of not fulfilling His promises. They were forgetting what God had already done for them in the past and the promises He had made for their future.
How about you? Are you complaining because of your circumstances today? Are you forgetting what He has done for you in the past? Murmuring and complaining are natural responses to difficult circumstances. But as believers, we do not live in the natural, rather we live in the supernatural. Take time to remember what God has done for you in times gone by. The miracles of your past can pave the pathway to your future. Choose to live supernaturally.
My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.