If you want to see adults throw temper tantrums (I don’t know why you would), hang around an airport. As soon as you hear an airline employee mention something about flight delays or cancellations, grab some popcorn and rush to that gate — you’re in for a show!

We hate delays. Hate them. We are constantly trying to figure out faster ways to get to where we’re going.

I get it. I’m right there with you.

As I read about Israel in the Deuteronomy the other day, I was reminded of the danger of doubt as we’re heading toward our destination.

“Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.”

— Deuteronomy 1:2-3 NLT —

An 11-day road trip ended up taking 40 years. By my calculations, that’s a difference of about 14,589 days! What happened?!

They made the original trip to the border of the Promised Land in the normal time – around 11 days. Then they doubted. You can read the story in Numbers 13-14. They spied out the land, doubted God could fulfill His promises, and subsequently threw away the opportunity they had to see God provide. Their punishment was 40 years of wandering – a year for every day the doubtful spies were in the Promised Land.

Doubt will delay or derail your destiny.

As you march toward your calling, don’t doubt God’s ability to lead and provide. As Israel reminds us, our doubt can have long-lasting, life-altering consequences. Trust God to do what He said He’d do, then walk forward in faith.


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