You will bear the consequences of your sins 40 years based on the number of the 40 days that you scouted the land, a year for each day. You will know My displeasure. (Numbers 14:34)
There is always a connection between our behavior and consequences, but it’s not always a 1:1 ratio as in this situation. One day: one year. It could just as easily be one day to one day or one day to one week. Perhaps one day to one minute or second.
We want to understand the connection between what we do (or don’t) and what happens next. But the only thing we truly know is that there is a connection. There are consequences to everything we do, say, and think (as well as to what we do not do, do not say, and do not think). Instead of spending so much time trying to figure out all the connections, we could use that same time and energy to focus on God, trust Him, and respond to Him. We can let Him figure it all out. Actually, He already has. That can be frustrating and infuriating in our own limited understanding, or it can be comforting and motivating to trust Him.
So, if you’re in a season of consequences you see as negative and are discouraged, take one step at a time to learn and grow. And if you’re in a season of consequences you see as positive and are motivated and encouraged, take one step at a time to learn and grow. No matter where we are, we can respond well.