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Weekly Devotion: Are We There Yet?
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Have you ever been on a journey that took too long? Maybe your car broke down or you got lost, and to top it all off the kids in the back seat continually asked the question, “are we there yet?” When you finally arrive at your destination you even discover that there was a much shorter path!

At Table Mountain Church we are in the middle of a series going through the entire Bible. Many of our people are reading through the Bible chronologically and we are right smack in the middle of the Hebrew people escaping Egypt, receiving the law at Mount Sinai, and taking the long journey through the wilderness. We know from Deuteronomy 1:2 that the journey from Sinai to Kadesh Barnea, on the southern end of modern day Israel, took 11 days. How long did it take the 1-2 million Jews to make the same journey? 40 years! Why? They complained and doubted God. Even when God provided daily directions, food, water, protection, even a pathway through the Red Sea, the people complained over and over again.

Are we really that different from the Hebrew people? We can easily find ourselves grumbling and complaining about our circumstances and doubting God’s promises. There are a couple of things we can learn from the Israelites. First, Grumbling is a disease that spreads like a wildfire. Numbers 14:2 says, “All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron”. Imagine a couple million people complaining? Not that difficult with modern social media! Second, we learn that not trusting God is disastrous. One of the saddest moments for the Israelites can be found in Numbers 14:22-23 where God tells the people that no one over the age of 20 will enter the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 8:2 tells us that God led the people through the wilderness to humble them and teach them. The Israelites took 40 years to make an 11 day journey. Don’t allow your pride and lack of trust in God cause you to make the same mistake.

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