Numbers 21:1-5  — Arad Conquered

(v. 1 – {paraphrased} The Canaanite king of Arad, … heard that Israel was coming …

(he)  fought … Israel and took captive(s). 

v. 2 – So Israel made a vow to the LORD and said, “If YOU will  … deliver this people into my hand,

then I will utterly destroy their cities,”

v. 3 – The LORD heard the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites;

then they (Israel) utterly destroyed them and their cities …

v. 4 – Then they (Israel) set out …, to go around the land of Edom;

and the people (Israel) became impatient because of the journey.

v. 5 – The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? 

For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food (manna).”



Almost two years ago, God ask my husband, Mike, and I to move from Baton Rouge, LA to Austin, TX.  Until that time, we had never dreamed of such a move.  We were both born in Louisiana, grew up in Louisiana, and had successful careers in Louisiana.  With cuts in higher education, Mike was forced to begin a job search.  Mike cast a wide net.  We could have moved to New York, Omaha, Lawrence, Ft. Worth or where ever.  The ONLY job offer was from a small Christian University just north of Austin, TX.

We were THRILLED.  Mike believed working in a Christian environment would bring great joy.  We believed this would be the place where Mike would finish his teaching career.


In the Fall of 2011, everything went terribly wrong.  Too much happened to describe here, but as of January 16th of this year, Mike was told his contract would not be renewed.  During these two years there were countless times that I found Mike tearful and over-whelmed with grief because the work environment was not at all what he had expected.

It seemed as though we had asked God for X and He gives us Y.  We were tempted to “LOATHE THIS MISERABLE FOOD (MANNA)” i.e. question and protest our current situation.  Somewhere along our Christian journey, we came to believe, “God is good, always good, and can never be anything but good” (a Murphy-ism).   By God’s grace, His divine enablement, were we thankful for having a job.


If you are in a situation that baffles you and you are tempted to reject God or hate Him for what you’re going through, ask God to give you His grace to bear up underneath the heavy thing that is weighing you down.