Believing God

DA4CB060-8D48-4254-AE99-56A8C21EE17CI believe in God. I’m assuming you do to. But I have to be honest; I’m not sure I always believe God. I tell people I do and often think that I do; after all, I’m a Christian. I’m supposed to.

But do my actions always support what I believe?

What about when I get upset or stress out about things? Or when I wallow in feelings of defeat, disappointment or dissatisfaction? What do those say about my true belief system?

The Israelites had everything: food, shelter and protection. God showed up for them in miraculous ways – over and over. But when Moses sent spies out to the Promised Land to survey the land, only two of the twelve spies came back with a positive report. The others focused on the giants living in the land and obstacles they’d have to overcome, provoking bad attitudes and mass rebellion amongst their fellow Israelites. And so, only two out of the original generation of Israelites, Caleb and Joshua, eventually entered into the Promised Land – the land representing peace, security and prosperity (Num. 13-14:38). Why is that? The author of Hebrews tells us  . . .

So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief (Heb. 3:19, NIV).

One word. Unbelief.

Interestingly, the Greek word for “believe,” pisteuō, is a word also used in the New Testament as “trust.” The bottom line is, the Israelites didn’t trust God. Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword?, they grumbled (Num. 14:3). They saw giants and didn’t trust that God would deliver them; they didn’t believe that what seemed to be obstacles, God could use for their good (Rom. 8:28).

We all believe something. It’s what we believe that determines how we live out our time here on earth while awaiting our heavenly home; whether we live out our days in the Promised Land or not . . .

  • God tells us He works all things out for good for those who love Him.  All things. If that’s true, shouldn’t we be able to rest, even in storms?
  • God tells us to love our enemies, to the point of turning the other cheek. Do we do it? Why not?
  • God also tells us to forgive. Unconditionally and fully. But do we? Do we believe it will turn out for our best if we do?
  • Do we really believe God always has our best interest at heart and that when we obey Him it works out for our benefit?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just “get by” until I get to heaven. Nor do I want to vacation in the Promised Land once or twice a year – I want to live there!  But I know that I will not live in the land of internal prosperity, security and peace unless I believe God and His goodness in caring for me. Period.

What giants are  you facing right now? What things seem too big to conquer and overcome? What are you having a hard time believing God for? Decide today that you are going to trust Him despite how you feel. Choose to believe God with me and let’s take up permanent residence together in the Land of Promise!

10 thoughts on “Believing God

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you for taking time to write such an insightful blog. I am encouraged and challenged by your words. I choose to believe God with you. I love you my precious daughter.

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  2. Jill

    That was an excellent blog. It was exactly what I needed to hear. My “giant” is the RA that is trying to disfigure me. My “giant” is my fear that I will not be able to work another fourteen years til retirement, due to the pain and fatigue. But I have to work, my head tells me, so I can keep my health insurance to cover this crippling disease. And so it goes….. over and over in my head, and the worry just slithers right on in. Your message brings me back to knowing that God knows every detail of my life. Worry chokes away my connection to HIM. So today, I choose to know that God has everything planned out for me. HE has my back. Thanks Sherri. XXOO

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    1. Evan

      We always talk about giinvg God control in our lives, forgetting, of course, that He already is in control. If we (me) could relax in that knowledge, our lives would be far more content and less strife filled. I’m 51 years old and was raised in a Christian home where God was always first and I still struggle with control. I’ll pray for you concerning this if you’ll pray for me.

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  3. Anonymous

    I use to think God was just a crutch people ran to because they just needed to beleive in something. I was blocked in my beleif because of all the challenges and heartache I had to edure and had carry for so many years. I was sometimes repulsed or angry with the words from another of Gods name or prayer when I was hurting because I thought how could these things happen in my life or the heartache(s) in so many others if there was really a God that loves like we all hear through his other messangers.
    I don’t feel that way any longer. I beleive God was always there all along through all my trials and tribulations because he has plans to work through me.
    Through all my hurt and heartaches he was building the target area of souls he wanted me to reach when I was ready.
    He has lifted away so much hurt I carried through my life and has enlightened me of the reasons why I went through what I have. I love God today….And I most definently beleive in him.
    I love you “Lord” and praise you for releiving me from the bondage of self.
    I am now ready for you to have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.
    In the name of the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen

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    1. sherribennettblog Post author

      Wow, what insight!! What you say is so true: many times our belief systems are warped because of all of the pain and heartache we’ve experienced. I know I grew up thinking, surely a good God wouldn’t have allowed this or that to happen; He must either be an angry God or else perpetually disappointed in me because I keep screwing up. Boy, did I ever have that wrong! I guess that’s why God reminds us in the Bible, over and over, that it is truth that sets us free. I have made a determination to pursue truth for the rest of my life!

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