Today you should read: Psalm 78:40-72
God’s grace through unbelief…
Continuing on in Psalm 78, we see that the psalmist is still making the same point! We are hearing him speak of the miracles and wonders that God has graciously performed for the Israelites. Specifically, we are hearing much about how God saved them from the land of Egypt and their slavery. But… the main point is to show that Israel STILL rebelled and didn’t trust or believe God, even after God had performed all of these wonderful acts!! How could they forget!! After all of the amazing things that God had done, they must have been dumb or crazy!? Right?
Before you get too convinced, remember, this was written so that future generations wouldn’t make the same mistake. So they wouldn’t turn away from God, but that they would remember all of the gracious and wonderful things He had done. So basically… this is written to us! This is written to any “future generation” who has come after these acts. Yes, this is written to the Israelites, God’s chosen people, who were God’s “people” but whose hearts were far from him. But yes, this is also written to us, God’s chosen people, who have been adopted and grafted in through Christ.
So, if you are now one of God’s chosen people because you have been saved through Christ, and this psalm is written to you, then let me ask you… are you learning from their mistakes? That is the whole point of this psalm! So, will you take these lessons to heart and learn from Israel?
Israel’s main issue was unbelief. That is the majority of our issue as well. Unbelief is the underlying reason for most sin, rebellion, timidity, apathy, etc. How can this be true? Well, think about it, if we truly believed everything about God and every truth of His word then we would live, feel, think, and act much differently. We would live a life of complete trust and obedience in Christ. But we don’t, because our main root is unbelief or you could say, “lack of faith.” It is unbelief in the truths of Christ.
Can you see it? Is that the main root of some of your issues? Lack of joy, rebellion, apathy, sin, disobedience, self-centeredness, etc. I think if you look deep enough you will find it either has to do with your unbelief or not treasuring Christ (these two are what I find to be the root of most issues). So, if unbelief is the issue, just as it was with the Israelites, how will you fix this? How will you learn from their mistakes and take these lessons (found in this psalm) to heart?
Before you move further, please don’t miss the end of this psalm. Beginning in verse 65, we see the Lord’s faithfulness even through unbelief. We see His grace in the lives of those who were battling unbelief. We see God take the initiative. In verse 65 we see that God stirs Himself, apart from any other reason, to arise and take action on behalf of His suffering people…EVEN WHEN their suffering is due to their own unbelief. WOW. God is gracious; He is still on your side, battling with you, even through your unbelief.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione