42 But God told me, “Tell them, ‘Don’t do it; don’t go up to fight—I’m not with you in this. Your enemies will waste you.’”
43-46 I told you but you wouldn’t listen. You rebelled at the plain word of God. You threw out your chests and strutted into the hills. And those Amorites, who had lived in those hills all their lives, swarmed all over you like a hive of bees, chasing you from Seir all the way to Hormah, a stinging defeat. You came back and wept in the presence of God, but he didn’t pay a bit of attention to you; God didn’t give you the time of day. You stayed there in Kadesh a long time, about as long as you had stayed there earlier.
The Message (MSG)
Photo Dyrham-Park 2009
‘Don’t do it’ God says yet the history of his people is that they do do it. What have you been doing or done that God told you not to do?
Have you strutted your stuff and gone your own way?
When Gods people do what he told them not to then there are consequences. In this case they are swarmed over by there enemies like a swarm of bees. Have you seen the consequences of your ignoring God?
Failing to follow Gods plan for us leads to separation from Him, that separation is what Jesus died to remove. Due to Jesus God will hear us when we cry out in repentance.