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!
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.