That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other. “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Numbers 14:1-4

Why are we so insistent on taking control of our own lives, especially since God is willing to do it for us?

I constantly wrestle with God about following His plan—part of my God-given personality that I must consciously submit to Him every day. If I would have been a child of Israel, I probably would have been one of those complaining that I would rather be a slave in Egypt than die in the wilderness.

I think it’s telling that the Israelites didn’t trust their lives to the God who had already saved them many times. Why? The answer is probably both fear and a desire for control.

If we give in to those base emotions we also will go back to slavery—as a slave to sin. Thankfully, we have another choice. If we follow God’s way and submit our every task to Him, we give up control, but gain so much more. God can lead us to our promised land, but we must follow.

Dear Lord, thank you for being willing to take control of our lives. Take our lives as a humble submission to Your greater plan. We will only accomplish our best if we are seeking Your best for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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