Why did God let this happen?
On their journey to the Promised Land after leaving a life of slavery in Egypt, the Israelites were about to enter the land God promised to them. But after a bad report from 10 of the 12 spies (not about the land, but about the inhabitants of the land), the Israelites complained: “Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword?” (Numbers 14:3; NIV)

The Report of the Two Spies

But there is a very important thing to remember: The report of the 2 other spies.

“… The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” (Numbers 14:7-9; NIV)

God wanted to give them the land. He did not lead the Israelites out of Egypt to let them die by the sword. He led them out of Egypt — out of a life of slavery — to bring them into a land flowing with milk and honey. But they could not believe that God would be that good to them.

God is not the source of your problems

Whatever journey you’re on, don’t think God led you there to let you fall by the sword, to fail. Whether you are on this path through God’s leading or your own choices, He will bring you into your Promised Land of healing, provision, a family, whatever it is.

Just don’t harden your heart. Believe — full of Biblical faith — that God did not lead you out to let you fall by the sword; He led you out for something better and greater.