Numbers 14:39-45

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him (Ps 37:7)

On January 28, 1986, after five weather –related delays, the space shuttle challenger lumbered heavenward amid a thunderous overture of noise and flame. A mere 73 seconds  later, system failure tore the shuttle apart, and all seven crewmembers perished. The disaster was attributed to an O-ring seal known to have vulnerabilities. Insiders referred to the fatal mistake as “go fever” – the tendency to ignore vital precautions in the rush to a grand goal.  Our ambitious human nature relentlessly tempts us to make ill-advised choices. Yet we are also prone to a fear that can make us overtly cautious. The ancient Israelites demonstrated both traits. When the Scouts returned from spying out the Promised Land, 10 of the 12 saw only the obstacles (Num. 13:26-33) “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are,” they said (v.31).  After a fearful rebellion against the Lord that led to the death of the 10 spies, the people suddenly developed a case of “go fever.” They said, “Now we are ready to go up to the land the LORD promised” (14:40) Without God, the ill-timed invasion failed miserably (vv41:45) When we take our eyes off the Lord, we’ll slide into one of two extremes. We’ll impatiently rush ahead without Him, or we’ll cover and complain in fear. Focusing on Him brings courage tempered with His wisdom.

Before making a quick decision, consider why you want to make it quickly. Consider if it will honour God and what it might cost others. If you are afraid to make a decision, think about why that might be. Most of all, pray! (ODB)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please guide me to settle for Your direction, in Jesus’ Name.


A moment of patience can prevent a great disaster.

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