Numbers 14:1 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Sometimes I try to imagine a scenario, or an analogy, to help myself better understand God’s feelings in a certain biblical scene. I know there’s more about God then I will ever grasp, but these scenarios help to clarify His emotions in some stories.
I understand anger is not a trait of God’s character, it is a reaction to the acts of humans.
To help understand the story of Isreal and the 12 spies of the promised land, I imagine a surgeon. The surgeon is very skilled man and has done hundreds of successful operations. But one day his wife needs an urgent surgery and he prepares to do it for her. But she demands another surgeon to preform it, despite her husband’s proven record she tells him she just can’t trust his skill when it comes to her own life.
Imagine the betrayal and heartbreak the surgeon would feel. This helps me see God’s postion when Israel rebels after 10 of the tribal spies report negatively about the promised land.
But don’t we sink to this with attitude with God? When there are things close to us that loose control, don’t we desperately want to fix them? Don’t we withdraw our trust at times to fear?
Perhaps if we consider God’s heart in the issue, the same as we do with our family and loved ones, maybe our prospectives could change in our weakest moments.