Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

This weekend we continued The Story with the sixth chapter, “Wandering.” In this chapter, we see a lot of conflict between the Israelites and God.

After God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they weren’t really the most pleasant group. In fact, they basically grumbled and complained the entire time they were in the desert! And this wasn’t just a couple days of their complaining, it ended up taking 40 years. Why did it take so long?

1. They chose whining over worshipping

It didn’t matter what or how many times God provided for the Israelites, they complained about it! This was a problem because whining is contagious, whining is failing to appreciate what God has done, and whining is the antithesis of worship. Whining is disrespectful to God!

2. They chose fear over faith

God told the Israelites that the promised land was theirs, yet when they heard about giants living there they were terrified. They didn’t believe that God was able to help them.

3. They chose lingering over learning

Year one of the wandering? The Israelites complained and whined. Year 40 of the wandering? Same thing. The Israelites didn’t change a bit through the entire journey!

God is more concerned that you arrive prepared than that you arrive quickly. Can you follow God if he leads you somewhere that you don’t understand?

Remember to read chapter 7 before next week!

Verses from the message:

Numbers 11:4-6; Deuteronomy 29:5-6; Numbers 11:18-20; Numbers 14:11; Philippians 2:14-15; Numbers 13:30; Numbers 13:31-33; Numbers 20:2-5

Wandering is “Living in the space between where I started and where I want to be.” Kyle Idleman

Set List
All Campuses

Nothing but the Blood – Andy Cherry
Cornerstone – Hillsong
My Heart is Yours – Kristian Stanfill
Something in the Water – Carrie Underwood


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- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!