Numbers 21:4-5a NIV 2011
They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?”
The Israelites were near the end of their journey in the wilderness. Aaron’s death was recorded in the previous chapter. God had just heard their prayer and listened to Israel’s plea. Leaving Mount Hor they were frustrated having to travel around Edom. They took their eyes off of Him and focused on themselves. It is sin to complain about what God gives. In verses 6-9 God sent venomous snakes and they realized it was their fault for speaking against God. God faithfully forgives His people when they stumble. Victory is possible even after frequent failure because God is faithful.
How many times have I answered, I’ll pray for you and sometimes I don’t? Though it happens less today, I’ve learned when I take my eyes off the Lord, I loose sight of what needs to be done. Like the Israelites, I can choose to take the next right step and pray when I remember. Daily time spent with God reminds me He faithfully forgives even when I fail. I don’t need any venomous snakes as a reminder from God. Victory is possible even after frequent failure because God is faithful.
How will we rise to victory?