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They Despised the Pleasant Land

March 29, 2019

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They Despised the Pleasant Land

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

One might imagine that being wondrously rescued  from such horrible circumstances  would make them so grateful that they would gladly obey the LORD’s leading.    But,  just like it often is with us,  they would quickly forget all the good things God had miraculously done  for them.     In forgetting  all their blessings,  they would complain bitterly,  turn back  to senseless idolatry,  and just wallow  in all sorts of doubts,  fears,  and unbelief.

When the Israelites had reached the border  of the Promised Land,  twelve spies were sent into the land  to see what it was like.     When they came back  with all sorts of luscious produce,  ten of them were totally negative,  insisting that the people living there  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  in the LORD’s promise  to give them this bountiful land.     They grumbled,  complained,  and wished  that 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.

The flagrant sins  of unbelief  have not changed  over the years.     When we do not believe the promises  of the LORD God Almighty,  we get bitter and grumbly.     And then,  we refuse to listen  to the voice  of the LORD.

All the blessings  of the LORD  are forgotten  as we sullenly pout and complain.     Even though the Israelites saw lots of delicious produce  from the land,  they despised the Promised Land,  not ever wanting  to set foot  in it,  as they accused God  of just trying  to kill them.     Their imaginations had run amuck  as they thought only  of themselves — and forgot all the miracles  God had lovingly shown them.

For their unbelief,  God disciplined them  with forty years  of wandering  in the desert,  so they would learn  to trust in the Lord  for their needs.     All this was recorded  so that we,  today,  could learn  by example — instead of experiencing 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 He is worth obeying,  because of His great love  for us.

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

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

Love,
Margaret

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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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