Doubt is confusing and squirmy and invasive. It whispers to us over and over again in the worst moments. This chapter demonstrates just one of the ways to shut Doubt up.
Jealousy and I go way back. But what if you didn't have to be? Jealous, I mean? Of anyone?
What if your significant other falls out of love with you? What if your friends get tired of you? I wonder if God ever asks those questions about us.
For every disaster or disease or crime or pestilence, there's a sermon given by an earnest pastor who goes on and on and on about God's faithfulness and His power and His love and His protection - while smoothly skipping over the fact that plenty of people were not protected, and did indeed suffer.
This movie is not like other movies. It was exhilarating and action-packed, sure. It had us on the edges of our seats, yes. But it's not the kind of movie you forget about in a day or two. This movie is relevant. It's current. It makes you think. And it's still not over.
I'm exhausted. I have been trying so hard, for so long. I've been trying to be perfect. And I'm freaking sick of it. I'm done. I'm not here to be perfect. I just can't do it anymore.
Some of the men of Judah or Dan or Naphtali or Ephraim were not pleased. They wanted a different answer. They didn't want to obey. They didn't like God's decision. They disagreed with His law. Can you believe that? Of course you can.
Is there one list of doctrines that you must believe in order to be saved? Will every saved person believe the same thing? Is there one denomination that has the truth? What do you think? Is there? Have you found it?
So the Israelites recommitted themselves to their crazy dream. They understood that they had sinned! They were ready to work hard now! So they charged up to Canaan and attacked their enemies. And failed. Why?
AKA, How NOT to be like the Israelites in Numbers 13. After all, who says every dream, every aspiration, has to disappear like a puff of smoke? Maybe you can do that thing after all.