I want you to pause and think about all of the ugly sins Israel committed while they were in the wilderness: murmuring, complaining, idolatry, ingratitude, rebellion, sensuality. But with all of those sins, none of them seemed to provoke God’s wrath. Except for one, that is: their unbelief! That’s right. With all of the horrible things the people were guilty of, it was their unbelief that angered God the most!
John wrote, ““Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony of God in them. Those who don’t believe God have made Yahweh to be a liar. They haven’t believed the testimony that He had given about his Son” (1 John 5:10).
Isn’t that what Moses wrote?
“The Lord says, ‘How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to trust me in spite of all the miraculous signs I have done among them?’” (Numbers 14:11).
That’s right, those people made a complete lie out of everything Yahweh had done for them! He had performed miracle after miracle and delivered them time after time.He had continually proved to them His Love, Power and Concern for their welfare! But they never learned to trust and rest in Him!
Are we any different? First, if you are reading this, you still have life in you. So obviously, He has kept you living, He has answered your prayers, He has listened to your prayers and remembered every tear you have cried. He has met you during every crisis and rescued you from the curse of death. He has brought you through trials, and done things for you that are nothing short of miraculous.
In the case of the people of Isra’el, this went on for thirty-eight long years while they wandered through the wilderness, yet they had still forgotten His Word and dismissed His miracles. They fell back so often into murmuring and unbelief, Yahweh said, “I’ll strike them with a plague, I’ll destroy them” (Numbers 14:12). He told Moses, “I am giving up on My people because they will never come to the place where they trust Me!” Now, did you notice that He never mentioned their disobedience or rebellion? It was only their lack of trust!
Then, the moment they were on the victorious side of Jordan, Moses made a solemn declaration:
“Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it . . . Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. Yahweh your El, who goes before you, He will fight for you . . . Yet, for all that, you did not believe the Lord your El . . . And Yahweh heard the sound of your words, and was angry, and took an oath, saying, ‘Surely not one of these men of this evil generation will see that good land of which I swore to give to your fathers’ (Deuteronomy 1:21, 29-30, 32, 34-35).
Now isn’t that interesting? The Lord was magnifying His Word above His Name! He means every word He says and all of these things that He told Isra’el are the same things He has told us. So, I am asking you now: Do you foolishly believe that we won’t incur His wrath if we act in unbelief?
We read His Word and hear all His promises from the pulpit but then we go to our corner and start worrying because we don’t see Him immediately doing what we think He should do for us. We complain that our bills are paid on time. We murmur against Him because of the job we have (At least you are working! Some don’t even have that much!). We grumble about the illness we are suffering.
I’ll tell you what, when we don’t let His Word anchor our souls, when we hear the great and precious promises and then act as if we have been abandoned, we are making our God — our Father — out to be a liar! Does that offend you? Or does it worry you some?
We need to begin to take His Word seriously and begin to place our lives in His complete care and abandon any claims to our own rights and demands. HE is our King. HE is our Lord. But He is also our tender and loving Father. Don’t forget that, my friends.
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