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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 7
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m • February 9, 2021

How does fear hold us back from experiencing God’s promises? In this episode, we reflect on God's trustworthy character and how he responds when his people fail to trust and follow him.

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How does fear hold us back from experiencing God’s promises? In this episode, we reflect on God's trustworthy character and how he responds when his people fail to trust and follow him.

Bible Reading
Numbers 13:25-33

Reflection Questions

  1. What specific fears or doubts have held you back from trusting and obeying God?
  2. Instead of replaying your past or current fears, shift your focus to God. What comes to mind as you remember God’s trustworthy character?
  3. Jesus leads all who trust in him into an experience of God’s promises. The road isn’t easy, but it leads to life. What is one step you can take today to trust and follow him?

Want to Go Deeper?
Check out this episode's Bible study to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn
  • Production and Bible reading: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background music: "Washed Away" by David James Terry

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. What specific fears or doubts have held you back from trusting and obeying God?
  2. Instead of replaying your past or current fears, shift your focus to God. What comes to mind as you remember God’s trustworthy character?
  3. Jesus leads all who trust in him into an experience of God’s promises. The road isn’t easy, but it leads to life. What is one step you can take today to trust and follow him?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

God delivered Israel out of slavery and promised to settle them in their own land. But when it was finally time to receive the promise, Israel refused. They doubted God’s intentions and forgot about the ways he protected and provided for them in the past. They failed to measure the strength of the character of God and measured the strength of their giants instead. But God did not give up on Israel. He brought a future generation into the promised land through Joshua. And centuries later, Jesus came to lead all who would trust in him to experience God’s promises.

Feel free to reflect on all the questions or simply a few right now. You can also reflect throughout the week by focusing on one question per day.

Message Question
How did Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Numbers 13:25-33, Numbers 14:1-34

  1. What did the spies believe would happen if they went into the land God promised (see 13:28-29 and 32-33)? What did Joshua and Caleb believe (see 13:30 and 14:6-9)?
  2. How did the Israelites misjudge God’s character and intentions (see 14:3)? What decisions did they make because of this (see 14:2-4 and 10)?
  3. Now consider Moses’ understanding of God’s character (see 14:17-19). What did he know to be true about God? And what decision did God make in response to Moses’ trust in him (see 14:20-24)?
  4. Take note of what the Israelites wished for and what God gave them as a consequence. Compare and contrast 14:2-3 with 14:22-34. Pay attention to the details. What do you notice? How did God respond to them with justice and compassion?
  5. What specific fears or doubts have held you back from trusting and following God? Instead of replaying your past or current fears, shift your focus to God. What comes to mind as you remember God’s trustworthy character toward you in your specific circumstances?
  6. Jesus leads all who rely on him into an experience of God’s promises. What is one step you can take today to trust and follow him?
  7. Turn your reflections into a prayer. Express your gratitude for God’s trustworthy character and intentions toward you. Be honest about the ways you have overestimated your fears and underestimated his faithfulness. And ask for his help to understand and trust in his care for you today.
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