Numbers 14:2-3 (AMP)
2 All the Israelites grumbled and deplored their situation, accusing Moses and Aaron, to whom the whole congregation said, Would that we had died in Egypt! Or that we had died in this wilderness!
3 Why does the Lord bring us to this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and little ones will be a prey. Is it not better for us to return to Egypt?
Numbers 21:4-5 (AMP)
4 And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom, and the people became impatient (depressed, much discouraged), because [of the trials] of the way.
5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water, and we loathe this light (contemptible, unsubstantial) manna.
Are you a shallow Christian? When we are shallow we think too much about what we want, what we think, and what we feel rather than asking God what He wants us to do with our life. We need to be rooted in God, not in ourselves.
The Israelites took forty years to make a short journey. It was not their enemies that kept them in the wilderness, it was their attitude. They wanted to go back where they came from (slavery) rather than press on through the pressure of life and make it to the Promised Land. The Israelites blamed everyone but themselves for the situation they were in. They were complaining about the very thing that they asked God to give them – freedom. God will test us many times by permitting trials so we can find out what our real level of faith is. We may talk to others about what they should do in their trial but when we are faced with a trial, we tend not to take our own advice.
The way to know how deeply rooted we are in God is to be tested. Nobody gets promoted to a new level without being tested first. For God to give us what we are praying for He may test us to see if we are ready for the things we are praying for. The Lord will chastise us because He loves us. God has a plan for each and every one of us and He prepares us so He can use us for the very reason He created us. But He may first need to develop our character a little bit. When you pass your test you will get a reward. But if you do not pass your test you will always get a chance to take the test over until you pass it.