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!