There was (is) nothing easy about it. The children of Israel, those who complained to Moses that the people of the land were too numerous and powerful for them (Israel) to go in and take the land, thought it was easy enough to have a change of heart and do the Lord’s bidding.
This is exactly how many people look upon the Lord’s way today. They feel that what was rejected yesterday will have no consequences today – if one just changes the mind. A young woman rolls out the tears (genuinely enough) and appeals to the one to whom she speaks to give her another chance. A young man sits all by himself, sullen, downcast, beaten, and then looks up with tears welling in his eyes asking to be forgiven and given another chance. A mother can hardly believe the egregious sin she committed with her child’s life, relegating that child’s life to being unimportant, and the list goes on and on.
Preachers here, there, and yonder, tell each one that “It’s going to be all right.” They do so because they desire to bring the person out of the morass they are in and pick them up, giving them a new outlook, encouraging them to change not only their thinking, but their lives also.
In one situation, this was how the Lord dealt with it. “And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness” (Numbers 14:33, ESV). The NKJV reads, “…your sons shall….bear the brunt of your infidelity…”
The Lord is who He is, and He knows exactly the right way to handle each and every situation. We, on the other hand, don’t always know the best way, but are we encouraging men and women to think it is too easy?