From Disheartened to Bitter

Numbers 21:4-7
"Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” 6 So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people."

Discouraged souls can become embittered souls.

Circumstances discourage us sometimes. But the heart is active, not just passive. We decide whether to turn to God in faith, or to speak against Him or against others. We come to despise the very gifts God sustains us with.

God may send pain and difficulty to wake you up. Israel listened and repented. Now is the time to consider and come with contrite hearts.


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