Now after the Lord had decided that the children of Israel would have to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, they decided to show their faith. They decided that they would show God they believed in His provision by attacking the Canaanites. The problem with this was that God had decided they needed to wander in the wilderness and learn a lesson so He wasn’t with them in this endeavor. Thus they were defeated, badly!!
If the Israelites had shown faith when the spies returned by attacking Canaan, then God would have let them win. But they did not show faith then so God decided they needed punishment. Some things can’t be made right by going back and doing what you should have in the first place! Sometimes it is too late. God’s plan for the Israelites had changed and there was no going back. They had to follow the new plan (whether they liked it or not) because it was the consequences of their sin. God forgave them for their sin but they couldn’t go back to the easy way. They had to pay a price for their disbelief.
God will always forgive us for what we do wrong. However, He will not always take away the results of that sin. We are often required to learn a lesson so that we won’t sin again. God’s hope is that we will eventually learn to skip the sin so we can also skip the consequences!!
(You need 2 identical sheets of paper and tape)
Take one sheet of paper and rip it into several pieces. Have your child tape it back together. Ask your child if the taped piece is as useable as the undamaged sheet. Remind them that choosing to sin is like that. We can make it better, but choosing not to sin in the first place is best!