Numbers 14:42 Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
God’s people had rebelled against Him. When they realized that God was angry due to their lack of faith, they decided to step out. They would be stepping out in their independence and rebellion. They had said no. Now they wanted to step out due to discipline, not love and trust.
Moses warns them. Do not do it. God decides when we move and what we do. God is the one that is in charge of direction and time. If you step out on your own, you will do so alone. You will suffer the consequences.
How often do I want God to work on my timetable? I set up what He is to do for me instead of submitting to His will. Are you guilty of the same? Let this verse brings us back to reality.