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They Despised and Did Not Believe

February 24, 2017

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They Despised and Did Not Believe

Psalm 106  reviews  the actions  and attitudes  of the people of Israel,  as God rescued them  from slavery in Egypt.     The Israelites  had suffered tremendously  in their enslavement.     There was even a time  when their sons  were killed  because Pharaoh was afraid  their population  was getting too strong.

One might imagine  that being wondrously rescued  would make them so grateful  they would gladly obey  the LORD’s leading.     But,  just as  it often is  with us,  they quickly forgot  God’s  miraculous rescue.     Forgetting their blessings,   they complained bitterly,  turned back  to senseless idolatry,  and just wallowed  in doubts,  fears,  and unbelief.

When the Israelites reached  the border  of the Promised Land,  twelve spies were sent  into the land  to explore.     They came back  with  luscious produce  —  but ten of them  were totally negative,  insisting that the native people  were much too strong  to conquer.     Only Caleb and Joshua  gave positive reports,  showing confidence  that the LORD was giving them  a very good land.

The Israelites chose  to not believe  God’s promise  to give them  this bountiful land.     They grumbled,  complained,  and wished  they were dead.     Psalm 106:24-25  says about them,

Then they despised  the pleasant land;   
They did not believe  in His word,   
But grumbled  in their tents;   
They did not listen  to the voice  of the LORD.

Their flagrant  unbelief  had not changed  over the years.     When we  don’t believe  God’s promises,  we get bitter  and grumbly  —  refusing  to listen  to God’s word.

All the LORD’s blessings  are forgotten  as we sullenly pout  and complain.     Even though the Israelites  saw lots of delicious produce  from the land,  they despised the pleasant land”,  not ever wanting  to set foot  in it,  and accused God  of just trying  to kill them.     Their imaginations  ran amuck  as they thought only  of themselves  —  forgetting God’s rescue and miracles.

For their unbelief,  God disciplined them  with forty years  of wandering  in the desert,  so they would learn  to trust  in the Lord.     All this was recorded  so that we,  today,  could learn  by example  —  instead of needing discipline  ourselves.     This historical account  is God’s way  of trying to teach us  to trust  and obey  —  just because God can be trusted  and is worth obeying  because of His great love  for us.

God has many promises  concerning our Promised Land  —  heaven.     We are not  to despise our Promised Land  by not believing  God’s promises  to forgive all  our sins  in Jesus Christ.     We are not  to despise  our Promised Land  with unbelief,  grumbling  about our circumstances  in life,  or refusing  to listen  to God’s word.

Let us confidently  put our faith  in God’s promises,  joyfully saying,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have proven  Your faithfulness  since the beginning  of time.     Help us  to always remember  all the great things  You have done  and make our  faith strong.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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