Bible Reading: Numbers 14:1-4
Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?”
Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!”
The Bible tells us in Numbers that the Israelites murmured, or wept loudly, or complained against the LORD. They were fearful that they would die in the wilderness. They had seen God perform miraculous signs and wonders as he rescued them from the hands of the Egyptians, but they still allowed themselves to be fearful and complain.
Moses, Aaron, Caleb, and Joshua were the only ones who remained in faith. They believed the Lord would lead them into the land flowing with milk and honey.
Then the Lord had a conversation with Moses. The LORD said, "How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Isrealites. So tell them, 'As surely as I live, declared the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: In this wilderness your bodies will fall - everyone of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except for Caleb and Joshua. As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. But as for you, your bodies will fall in the wilderness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness."
Because the Isrealites grumbled, complained, and murmured against the LORD, they never made it to their Promised Land. They never reached the land flowing with milk and honey. Their descendants did, but they themselves didn't. There is power in the words that we say (and that is a whole other devotion in itself). But when we are in the midst of a battle or a fiery trial and we allow ourselves to complain and murmur and grumble - we are not staying in FAITH.