March 11, 2020
The great enterprise of God with man is to bring us back to a place of dependence upon Him. Our sin leads us to independence. We trust ourselves or others, but not God even though God has given millions of reasons to rely upon Him.
In Deuteronomy, Chapters 1-2, Moses is recounting to the Israelite nation all that God has done for them. In the midst of God’s goodness, though, the people repeatedly rebelled against God.
OUR TRUSTWORTHY GOD
Notice all that God had done for His people.
But here is the tragic commentary on their response to God …
“But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God.”
Every reason possible for the people to trust God. But with these people who were bound for the promised land (grumbling all the way), they opposed God at nearly every turn.
THE RESULTS OF UNBELIEF
This particular group of people were not allowed to enter the Promised Land, purely because of their unbelief.
“Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers, except Caleb … because He followed the LORD fully … and Joshua” (Deuteronomy 1:35-38)
This is life’s greatest tragedy and the cause of every bit of the destruction of our world: for God to reveal Himself fully and for us to “worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).
AND ITS PERSONAL
God is waiting. He has revealed Himself to each of us and we are without excuse. And the question is, will we trust Him? Will we turn to Him for life, protection, forgiveness, provision, and on and on, or will we spend our lives in unbelief?
The chose is ours and the results are clear.
Father, thank You for Your incredible provisions for my life, my family, and for all of us. Forgive us for our unbelief; for the days and hours we have wandered in self-trust and humanistic living. Deliver us, O Lord. I pray that you would find faith in me today and each day for the rest of the years you grant me. I pray there will be the sustained willingness to turn to You in humility and trust You at every turn of my life!
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