So, the Israelites are ready to go into the Promised Land. Moses sends 12 spies into the land and when they return, only two of the ten trust that God will give them the land. The other ten rule, because that’s what happens, and they decide not to enter the land. This lack of trust causes them to take a major detour…of 40 years. This lack of trust was a picture of their bigger lack of trust. God was not going to let this continue, so they wander until the unbelieving generation has died. For 40 years, God protects them and readies them for the eventual entry into the Promised Land. At the end of 40 years, Moses appoints Joshua (one of the two who believed) to lead the people. Moses’ own disbelief keeps him from entering the land. Now the people are ready to move forward.
Listening and trusting God when He prompts us to do something is more important than where we go. God takes seriously the trust of his children. When we find ourselves on a detour because of decisions we have made, we need to allow God to recalculate our course, set our sight on him. It’s important to surround ourselves with people who are on the same coordinates as we are. It’s important that our commitment to them, and their commitment to us, remains strong and focused. God has a place he wants to take you. Do you hear his voice? Do you trust him when it doesn’t look like you should?