“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way” (Num 21:4).
Why is it that times of great discouragement follow times of great reward and blessing? In the context above, Israel had won a great battle on her way to the Promised Land.She made a vow to Jehovah saying, “if You [Jehovah] will indeed deliver this people [Canaanites] into my [Israel] hand, then I [Israel] will utterly destroy their cities” (21:2). Well, the Lord did-and they did. Success! Victory! Rejoicing! Right? Read again the verse above.