In the introduction, I explained that in our hearts ‘we long to find courage to stand for the right in the face of fierce opposition’. Based on what was explored in the previous blog posts, to stand, we would need in God’s power to confront our fears, and we would need to have a correct view of the external as well as a correct view of ourselves.
In addition the account reinforces the power of words, and also cautions us to be very careful about whom we allow to speak into our lives and who provides us with information for our decision making.
Having reached such a low with their hopes being crushed, ‘the people wept that night’ (Numbers 14:1). The people were sad and depressed. It seemed like in their minds they had lost everything that they had dreamed of achieving. They were at a dead end. They did not know what to do.
I believe that the events unfolded very quickly, and they were not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that they found themselves on.
Fortunately, we have their experiences to learn from. During stressful times, having the reassurance from God’s Word is key to stopping us from going down this slippery slope of despair. Anywhere along the slope that we may find ourselves, we need to be lifted up and out. So praying for God’s perspective is definitely required.
When a lot of a person’s energy and time have been consumed fighting negativity and they end up not knowing what to do, the person may then find themselves in a stagnated and limbo state; and for some persons the next step may be to do nothing positive.
But rising above what we feel and intentionally using our time in simple productive activities may be the stimuli we need to shift our focus and our feelings.
Though at times we may try and yet see no immediate results, that does not mean that the seed will not grow. During the apparent barren times, it is the vision of what God has shown us in the past that we need to keep at the forefront of our minds.
Like the farmer and the builder, let us keep the vision of the harvest and the finished building ever in our minds, while we are confronting feelings of doubt.
As we intentionally turn to God and His providence, the things that bother us will lose their sharp focus, and God’s Word like the light will overtake and consume every negative thought and we will be at peace.
The focus of the next blog post is about ‘Blame’.