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Fear is a communicable disease.
A few spies sent to explore the land promised to the Israelites by God get caught up in the report they are making. They suggest that the current occupants of the land are giants. They display fruit of a size suitable for consumption by giants. And the tide turns.
The people become convinced they can’t take the land. They call for the election of a new leader to take them back to Egypt. Two men urge the people to have faith in God. But it’s too late. God has heard the grumbling.
The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert. Not because the desert was so big or they got lost. But because God left them there. Because their fear was greater than their faith.
God is leading us into a new future at Riverside. If we will have the faith to follow.