“Because your men explored the land for forty days, you must wander in the wilderness for forty years—a year for each day, suffering the consequences of your sins” (Numbers 14:34).
Twelve men were sent out to spy out the land. Ten came back and said the land could not be taken. Only Joshua and Caleb said it could.
The ten stirred up the people so much so that they complained. They wanted to go back to Egypt, or die in the wilderness. They didn’t believe the Lord was capable of doing what He promised—take them into the land.
So, the consequences of their rebellion was that they died in the wilderness. Does that mean God didn’t love them? No! They were still His people.
The same is true for us. When we ask forgiveness for our wrong choices, He forgives us, but we still live with the consequences.
God has left us His Word so we will be guided in our choices. He loves us! He would rather we reap benefits instead of consequences.