Today you should read: Deuteronomy 1:26-46
God had done some amazing and miraculous things to save Israel. He had brought about plagues to Egypt in order to free them from slavery. He parted the Red Sea to help them escape. He had provided water from rocks, food from heaven, and a pillar of fire and cloud to guide them. If this doesn’t show power, love, and trustworthiness to provide, I don’t know what would. So how do the Israelites respond? They get to the land God promised to give them and He says, “here you go, take it. I am with you.” And they answer back that they can’t do it. They basically tell God He is not worthy of their trust. They give Him all the excuses as to why it is impossible. They tell the God who has parted a sea, cast down plagues, and provided water from rocks that the task is impossible.
Have you ever done that? I know I have. There are many times we lose trust in God in situations, totally forgetting what He has done and what He has promised to do in our lives. We trust God to save us but, more often than not, we don’t trust Him to sustain us. The Israelites had quickly forgotten what God had done for them and it robbed them of great blessing. None of that generation was allowed to enter the Land. They tried on their own and it failed miserably. Much like us. When we tell God we can do it on our own we almost always fail. And we always miss out on His blessings for us. That whole generation was domed to wander the wilderness for forty years. They had stiff consequences for not trusting God. When we don’t trust God, we too, have to deal with the consequences of our actions.
I don’t know where you are at in your life right now…maybe you are dealing with trials and God is saying, “come to me and find peace.” Maybe there is a decision looming and His word says this or that about it. Maybe you are in a place where God is leading you to do something, or say something, or start something and He has told you what it is and you just have to act on it. Whatever the situation is when we trust and follow Him we are like Caleb, we receive a wonderful blessing and when we don’t we are left to wander in the wilderness, wondering what it would have been like if we had just trusted. Which will you be?
Posted by:Robbie Byrd