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How Long Will They Not Believe in Me?

January 16, 2018

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How Long Will They Not Believe in Me?

God had to ask this question.     God had performed  all sorts  of miracles  in rescuing the Israelites  from their slavery  in Egypt.     There could be no doubt  that only the LORD of lords  and God of gods  could do such marvelous things.

But nevertheless,  the Israelites were afraid  to enter the Promised Land  because it was reported  that giants lived there.    They refused  to believe  that the God of many miracles  would also deliver them  from those giants,  even though God had  wondrously delivered them  from slavery.    Instead,  the Israelites wished  they were back in slavery  and wanted  to stone Moses.

Then,  in Numbers 14:11  we read,

And the LORD said  to Moses,  “How long  will this people  spurn Me?     And how long  will they not believe  in Medespite all the signs  which I have performed  in their midst?”

As we read the Bible,  we can see the miracles  of how God keeps His every prophecy  over years  of time.     That takes an almighty power,  love,  and faithfulness  we can’t even imagine.     We know  it all really happened  because of the archeological records  that back it up.     And yet,  so often  we are tempted  with an insidious unbelief.     Why?

Such unbelief  dishonors the love  and work  of our Lord Jesus Christ.    Such unbelief  is wickedly cruel  to our Savior,  who bled  and died  to pay  for our sins.     We don’t have an honest reason  for submitting  to the temptation  of unbelief  and letting it run  all over us.     What has Jesus done  to warrant  such unbelief?

What reason do we have  to be suspicious  of Jesus’ motives?     Why should we  doubt His word  or distrust His ability  to take care  of our needs?    He is the long prophesied Savior  from all our sins.      This sin  of unbelief  is needless  if we would just take the time  to remember all  that God has done  for His people  from the beginning  of time.

Satan would have us forget  God’s love  and almighty power  to care  for us.    He works incessantly  to chip away  at our faith — and create doubts  and downright fears.     But,  those doubts and fears  are outright lies.

God is the one  who is holy and pure  in His love  for us.    God is the almighty  who created  and sustains all things.     God is the one  who blesses us  every day.     Only God’s holy love  could love sinners  like us  and be willing  to pay the price  for our redemption.     So,  what can we say?     What is our excuse?     Is it honestly valid?

With so great a love  presenting itself  to us  day after day,  encouraging us  to trust and believe  — how is it  that so many still turn away  in unbelief?

When the devil tempted Jesus  in Matthew 4:1-11,  he was trying  to get Jesus  to doubt  that He was the Son of God.     Jesus was being tempted  with unbelief  just like we are.     With each temptation,  Jesus remembered  the word  of God  and defended Himself  with the words  of scripture.     Then the devil  had to leave.

What Jesus did  is exactly what we  are to do.     But,  we will be too weak  to do that  if we don’t take the time  to read God’s word  and fellowship  with Him  by meditating  on what He has written  for us.     If we don’t read our Bible,  the devil  has a good chance  of making us cave in  to unbelief  and despair.     So the wisest thing we can do  is give God a chance  to strengthen our faith  by reading His word  to us every day.

As we fill ourselves  with the truths  of God’s eternal word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  for us  is eternal.     Thank you  for strengthening us  in Your truth  as we read  what You have  to say  to us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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