Maybe the above title is somewhat exaggerated, but many across the nation were very disappointed following Wednesday’s result. Our homegroup enjoyed a pizza evening watching the match and then squeezing in a short study and prayer time after it was all over.
Our passage on Wednesday was Numbers 14v1-25, with verse 1 being “That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud”!! What was the reason for their weeping? Certainly not football – rather their complaint was that God was leading them to certain death. They feared the future, even though God had promised them a land “flowing with milk and honey”, and wanted to return to Egypt.
The Israelites’ weeping occurred whilst they were in “this desert” (v2) and after they heard “a bad report” (13v32) from 10 of the 12 spies who had returned from Canaan. How easy it is to feel discouraged and downcast when we’re in a dry place, spiritually, and when others are negative around us.
However, their spiritual logic was seriously flawed – and ours may be the same. We reminded ourselves on Wednesday of the glorious promise in Philippians 1v6: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Let’s also recall David’s words in Psalm 30v5: “weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Peace and Grace