Probably everyone has an image of the family vacation. Those long trips in the car headed towards a destination of promised fun. And as long as the focus is on the exciting vacation, things go well. But if the vacation is slow in coming, then we grumble. We fight. “Are we there yet?” As the destination becomes cloudy and distant, we become discouraged.
And when this happens, bad things appear good. We begin to think that maybe the destination is not so good. We wonder if it even exists. This is what happens to the Israelites. The destination of the promised land is not clear. It has become cloudy and distant. Ask God to renew the promise and give life.