Part 4 of 7
When we only have partial information, it can easily fester into something very ugly. Someone did something that annoyed us. Or someone said something that hit us wrong. Then again, someone did NOT say something that gnaws at us.
We do not act wisely when we get sideways with someone. Our annoyance and penchant to judge others takes over spiritual discernment or grace. Something that we fear may also circumvent our reasonableness and thrust us into the wicked morass of judging others.
There is glue that can keep God’s people from blowing apart. Israel faced a potentially devastating misunderstanding among the tribes. It came at the heels of great success. That is when biases and fears can cause something very good to come unhinged.
As the 2 and ½ tribes were ready to leave their brothers and return to their land, together all of Israel rehearsed what was truly important. God had fulfilled all of His promises. He has a perfect track record of keeping His promises to the nation. His character has been proven flawless.
When God is elevated and honored, His people have hope. They have what is necessary to keep them together. Hope will protect them from separating in the future due to misunderstandings. Facts are more important than biases.