// Read: Number 21:1-7 //
When the king of Arad heard that the Israelis were approaching (for they were traveling the same route as the spies), he mobilized his army and attacked Israel, taking some of the men as prisoners. 2 Then the people of Israel vowed to the Lord that if he would help them conquer the king of Arad and his people, they would completely annihilate all the cities of that area. 3 The Lord heeded their request and defeated the Canaanites; and the Israelis completely destroyed them and their cities. The name of the region was thereafter called Hormah (meaning “Utterly Destroyed”).

4 Then the people of Israel returned to Mount Hor, and from there continued southward along the road to the Red Sea in order to go around the land of Edom. The people were very discouraged; 5 they began to murmur against God and to complain against Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they whined. “There is nothing to eat here, and nothing to drink, and we hate this insipid manna.”

6 So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among them to punish them, and many of them were bitten and died.

7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against Jehovah and against you. Pray to him to take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Discouragement comes when you are not experiencing satisfaction or fulfillment in the course of life. Discouragement can set in at any point of life. We need to hold on to the Word of God in our heart and mind if we will overcome discouragement. From this passage, the way they took brought discouragement. They were discouraged and fed up because the roundabout motion was like a cycle. The following ways can bring discouragement:
i. Way things are going. ii. Way to take. iii. The way from here (roundabout way)
PRAYER: Oh Lord, heal my frustration in the way that I take, deliver me Oh Lord from the force of frustration.

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