It’s funny how some of us actually laugh at the story of the Israelites as recorded in the Bible. We LOL, LMAO at how they went round the same mountains for 40 full years. We wonder how they could still doubt God despite all the miraculous signs He did for their sakes in time past. And we find their reactions after the spies were sent to spy the land even more appalling. Almost like, “these lots are just not ever going to believe”.
Well, to be honest, I used to SMH whenever I read about the reports of this unbelieving generation in the Bible. I almost used to wonder “How did You put up with this unbelieving generation?”
Then it occurred to me that we actually do the same thing sometimes. We act like them even without knowing it. We get offended by unpleasant circumstances and even go as far as turning away from God.
Back to the Israelite s
The Lord their God had promised them a land flowing with milk and honey and they were ready to take over the land except that they weren’t ready to make any effort. They wanted the land handed over to them without a fight.
Why did they rebel against God? Simple: they were “offended” by the circumstances they found themselves in. Even something as minute as bread offended them, meat, and the bitter water in Miriam etc. I’m guessing they imagined that, since God promised them, they should get an easy ride to the Promised Land and when they experienced something contrary they complained and regretted ever leaving Egypt.
Now relating this to me and you, God has promised us. In this case, our promise land doesn’t have to be physical property like the Israelite s. We know deeply in our hearts that He spoke to us but somehow things are not adding up. It seems the more you hear God the more the situation deteriorates.
And we wonder “What am I doing wrong? Did God change His mind?”.
Well, He didn’t…
Christ was very clear in Mark 4:17 when He said that persecution will come for the word’s sake. That means that when we receive a word from God we should almost expect persecution. That word will be tested. You will face challenges that will try to convince you that it will never manifest. Voices will suggest you give up. People will try to make your life miserable (but please forgive them). And logically speaking, giving up will seem like the right thing to do because it will make sense.
But guess what? God never asked us to understand but over and over repeated “Lean on me. Trust not your own understanding”.
Let’s make up our minds
We have to be determined to dwell and meditate on the promises of God (at all times) instead of feelings (which are ever changing) or circumstances (which are bound to change).
I will never forget this revelation about God’s promises “If God could be faithful to Abraham even after he had died by leading the Isrealites to the Promised Land, how much more will He fulfill His promise to you that still breathes?”
Don’t give doubt a chance. God hasn’t forgotten. “He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations”. Psalm 105:8.