7 And when they cried to the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians and made the sea come upon them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And you lived in the wilderness a long time. 8 Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan. They fought with you, and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel. And he sent and invited Balaam the son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam. Indeed, he blessed you. So I delivered you out of his hand.
The wilderness did not kill off Israel - Rather, a generation was formed exclusively in the wilderness suggesting that the wilderness builds a different type of resilience. And yes, there were some rebellious moments, unfaithful moments, complaining moments - but through all of that GOD kept working with Israel throughout the course of the wilderness journey!
Chat - “You are just built different!”
The Amorites and the Moabites should have won, but they didn’t - and there is no clear reason save the resolve of Moses to depend upon GOD to see him and Israel through - some “Ls” we should have had to take - and yet the “Ls” were not placed in our column. They won despite the odds.
The curse of the Enemy did not prevail against the blessings of GOD - GOD renewed Israel in the face of those seeking to curse them!