Sammy Gitaari

Wings to Fly, Legs to Run

Avoiding the Tragedy of Bad Choices
The Bible is full of examples we can learn from and identify with. One case that is interesting yet full of lessons for us is one that took place at Kadesh Barnea.
God had delivered the whole nation of Israel from the domination and oppression of the Egyptians. It should have taken them a few months to get into the land of promise. They were absolutely capable of getting to what was their destiny—freedom in their own land. Moses, their leader, sent out twelve spies to check out their new land and bring back intelligence information to be used in strategizing for conquest.
The journey to and from including spying took only one month and ten days. That’s how close they were. On their way back some of, the spies lost their faith. They came back a divided team. Ten were convinced that the mission is impossible, based on what they had seen. Two came back believing that the mission was possible, based on the same information, and the fact that God was their strength and provider.
That is how interesting facts are—they are neutral. With the same set of facts, you can choose to move forward, like Caleb and Joshua. With the same set of facts, you can choose to beat a retreat—like the other twelve spies did. And with the same set of facts, you can choose to stagnate!
Moses made a grave leadership mistake. He should have had these guys report to him and resolve whatever differences there were in his team before going to the public. He needed to have a “meeting before the meeting.” But he made a bad decision—he let the spies go to report directly to the people. The 10 fearful leaders shot down the project.
“But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored…We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them”…And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt,” (Num. 13&14).
Following this, they remained in the wilderness for forty years, as a consequence of bad decisions. 

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