Grumbling in Our Tents

Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God; and you grumbled in your tents and said, “Because the Lord hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us.” – Deuteronomy 1:26-27


As he faced the end of his earthly life, Moses (recalling the disobedience of the Israelites) delivered a final word. As the nation of Israel prepared to enter Canaan, he took the opportunity to remind them of their previous failures, and as I read his speech, I saw two “faith breaks” that had occurred in their journey.

First, though God had already promised the land to Israel, they “spied it out” before they entered it. The ultimate result was that God’s vision “died in committee” and Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years. God’s command should have been all they needed to possess what He had promised.

Second, “they grumbled in their tents.” God’s desires for Israel were not initially met because those who lacked the faith to move forward refused to leave the comfort of their former lives. It is always safer to let others live on the edge fulfilling God’s purposes, to hang back and criticize those with the faith to lead. If we choose to oppose a faith-filled plan, at least let it be from the front of the pack.

Israel’s exodus from Egypt is full of stories of faithless followers. When our story is written, will it also read of how we “grumbled in our tents?”

Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. – Augustine

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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