Every parent has been there. The trip ahead is long. You hit the road and within 20 minutes you hear a squeaky voice from the backseat. Here are the questions: Are we there yet? How much longer? Can’t we get something to eat? I’m tired. I’m bored.
Every journey to a destination includes questions from the backseat. The same is true for the journey of faith. Just like kids on a road 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 even tire of the people who are along with us for the journey. 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 go over 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 the fear-filled report from ten spies instead of the faith-full report of Joshua and Caleb.
Kadesh means “Spring of Decision” and this was true as the Israelites made their decision and it was a bad one. The people wished they had died in the desert. God grants their request and they wander for 40 years until the unbelieving generation died out. And their children were impacted by their decisions.
Remember this: The decisions you make affect those around you, just like the decisions the Israelites made at Kadesh. You can decide to grumble or be thankful. You can decide to turn away from God or turn toward God. It’s your decision… just remember, there are consequences.