As we continue to read about the spies, the people of Israel and their leader (Caleb), we see diverse reactions to the reports of the Promised Land. We’ll see more of the “freaking out” today & the “faithful” trusting God next time. Let’s take a look in Numbers 14:1-5.
So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”
Sounds like these people are freaking out!
- They lifted their voices & cried.
- They wept all night.
- They complained to their leaders.
- They started saying, “If only, If only, If only”
- They questioned the Lord
- They asked to go back to slavery
The Israelites want to go back to slavery in Egypt.
The people believe slavery is better than freedom. Let’s think about this for a moment. The Israelites had never really experienced freedom. They had grown up in slavery & didn’t know anything else. It is understandable they yearn for slavery.
More importantly for you & me is to see how this situation is similar to ours in homeschooling. At times, homeschooling can be the most rewarding experience. You see your children growing in the Lord & gaining the tools of learning.
At other times, you can feel 10 feet under
- Why has God put me in homeschooling?
- Why has God given us this financial situation?
- Why do I have problems with my parents? siblings? friends? kids?
- Why are we trying to homeschool our kids on one income?
- Why did God give me a special needs child?
- Why don’t we have enough money to have fun as a family?
- I can’t handle it God.
- I want to give up.
- I can’t sleep at night.
- I want to take a bubble bath & never come out of the bathroom.
This is the same response as the Israelites. It’s all about “me”, instead of focusing on God & His faithfulness to you. You are anxious & your anxiety paralyzes you, your family & your homeschool.
Caleb has the opposite response. We’ll look at him next time. In the meantime, pray for God’s peace.
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