Deuteronomy 1:41-43 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 1:41 “You answered me, ‘We have made a mistake1 against Yahveh. We will go up and fight just as Yahveh our God commanded us.’ Then each of you put on his weapons of war and thought it would be easy to go up into the hill country.
Deuteronomy 1:42 “But Yahveh said to me, ‘Tell them: Don’t go up and fight, because I am not with you to keep you from being defeated in your enemies’ sight.’
Deuteronomy 1:43 So I said that to you, but you didn’t listen. You rebelled against Yahveh’s command and defiantly went up into the hill country.
no easy reset
We live in a reset generation. We have grown up with video games in which you can fail, be destroyed, and then reset to zero and start over. Living for God is not like that. Making wrong choices lead to losing coverage. After the Israelites had chosen not to go up and possess the land, they changed their mind. But God warned them not to try to do it because he was no longer with them to keep them from being defeated. There was no easy reset.
Lord, give us the wisdom to obey you the first time. Keep us from the arrogant presumption that you will always undo the consequences of our rebellion.