How Much Longer?
Here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church we continue to journey through the chronological version of Scripture produced by Max Lucardo and Randy Frazee known as The Story'. Last week in our journey we witnessed the Hebrews receiving the ten commandments. The related sermon “New Commands, New Covenant' can be found here.
In chapter 6 we are given the account of them setting out on their journey through the wilderness. It's going to be a long journey. If you are a parent, or have ever taken a youth group on a road trip, you know what's coming.
The travel schedule is tight. We hit the road with a full tank, confident, this time, that the plan we have crafted is going to work. But twenty minutes down the road we hear voices from the backseat. The artillery begins to bombard us with questions.
Some we expected. “Are we there yet? How much longer? Can we get something to eat?” Then come the unexpected ones. “Who was the first person to decide to squeeze those things on a cow and drink whatever came out? Why does our dog get mad at us when we blow in his face but when we take him on a car ride he sticks his head out the window? Where do babies come from?”
Every parent has been there. Questions from the backseat. You come to expect them. Every journey to a destination includes them. The same is true for the journey of faith.
Just like children on a trip we get tired of the journey. We want to know when we can stop. We get tired of serving. We get tired of waiting. We get tired of the people we’re traveling with. And we grumble. The Israelites did. They complained about the food, about the place they were traveling, and about their ‘driver’ Moses.
Grumbling does not sit well with God. In fact, our grumbling can lead to our wandering. When offered the chance to leave Kadesh and enter the Promised Land, the Israelites listened to a fear-filled report from ten spies instead of the faith-filled report from Joshua and Caleb.
Kadesh means “Spring of Decision” and it was time for one. They were in the right place to make the right decision. But the majority made the wrong one. The people wished they had died in the desert. Sadly, they would get their wish. They would wander for forty years until the unbelieving generation died out. Their children also suffered consequences.
The decisions we make affect those around us, just like the decisions the Israelites made at Kadesh. We can decide to grumble or be thankful. We can decide to turn away from God or turn toward God. We can decide to wander without purpose through life or follow God’s vision for our life. We need to remember that those in the backseat will also be affected by our decisions.
Decide this week to pursue thankfulness. It makes the journey a whole lot more enjoyable! Maybe see some of you Sunday. And if not, have a great week wherever the road may lead.
Not a song this week, but a video about decision making can be found here