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People Who Err in Their Heart

October 23, 2014

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People  Who Err  in Their Heart

It’s so easy  to become  a bitter complainer  —  to “err”  in our  “heart”.     When we have something nice,  we want more  and complain.     When someone else has something,  we want the same sort  of thing.     When we have a dire need,  our first tendency is  to complain.     We totally forget  about all the blessings  the LORD  has given us  in the past  —  or we use our memory  of past blessings  to try  to justify  our present complaints.     We might even accuse God  of not loving us  any more.

It’s like the time the Israelites were traveling  through the wilderness  —  after being freed  from slavery  in Egypt  —  and they had  no water.     [ Exodus 17:1-7 ]     Water is an absolute necessity  for human life.     And,  we know  that God does provide  for all our needs  at the right time.     The Israelites could not stand  God’s test  of faith  and complained angrily.     Note  that they didn’t bother  to nicely ask God  for water.     After God had Moses  strike a rock  for water,  Exodus 17:7 says,

He named the place Massah  and Meribah  because of the quarrel  of the sons  of Israel,  and because they tested  the LORD,  saying,  “Is the LORD  among us,  or not?”

After all the miracles  and good things  the LORD  had done  for them,  they had the audacity  to accuse God  of not loving  or caring  for them.     Our attitudes  might not be  any different.     So,  Psalm 95:7-11  tells us,

Today,  if you would hear  His voice,
Do not harden  your hearts,  as at Meribah,
As in the day  of Massah  in the wilderness,
When your fathers  tested Me,
They tried Me,  though they had seen  My work.
For forty years  I loathed  that generation,
And said  they are a people  who err  in their heart,
And they do not know My ways.
Therefore  I swore  in My anger,
Truly  they shall not enter  into My rest.

In bitterness  and faithlessness  the Israelites hardened  their hearts  against the love  of God.     They hated  the discipline  of learning  to have an obedient faith  —  learning  to obediently trust God.     The verses above  are quoted  in the book of Hebrews,  and Hebrews 3:12 then says,

Take care,  brethren,  that there not be  in any one  of you  an evil,  unbelieving heart  that falls away  from the living God.

In other words,  we are told  that we will surely face  many trials  throughout our lives.     They may be very difficult  to bear.     But,  whatever  we have  to face,  we need  to have faith  and trust  in the eternal love  of God Almighty.     We should never  accuse God  of not loving us.     He is just strengthening us  in a true faith,  hope,  and love.     We need  to let God teach us  that we may come out  of our trials  as purified gold.

Trusting God’s loving wisdom,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  grant us the gifts  of faith,  hope,  and love.     Strengthen us  in Your love.”

Love,
Margaret

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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