Sunday, May 15, 2011

Faith that receives great promises

Originally posted on 6/14/07.
   He was 40 years becoming somebody. 40 years more becoming a nobody. Then 40 years more interceding between God and millions of people whom God wanted to make holy but who usually hated his authority -- what a life. Now (in Deuteronomy) Moses's death was nearing so he was giving last minute advice.He begins by reminding God's people how God delivered them from Egypt and had planned to bring them right into the Promised Land. They sent 12 spies to check things out there and tell them which cities they should conquer first. The spies returned and said, "It is a good land, that our God gives us." Moses reminded them that, "ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD you God:" (How? They were scared of the giants, great walled cities, and fierce warriors, and said, "We can't! We're going to die! Why'd you do this to us Moses?") "And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the Lord hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. . . . Ye did not believe the LORD your God . . ." (Deuteronomy 1:26, 27, 32) For this disbelief and murmuring God destroyed them and refused to let them inherit His promises; instead it went to their little children.

In my Bible's margin I have written, "Murmuring = disbelieving God. Disbelieving God = calling God a liar." Why? When we complain against our life's circumstances it's because we do not really believe God in what he says in Rom. 8:28, "All things work together for good to them that love God." And the children of Israel were disbelieving all of God's promises that He was going to bless them, prosper them, and give them that land. Disbelieving God is calling Him a liar. For they were scared saying, "The Amorites will destroy us! God delivered us from Egypt only to die at the hands of the Amorites!" But they were saying opposite of what God had said. "Take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites . . . I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them [to give to you]." By their disbelief they were calling God a liar. Is our murmuring and disbelief any less evil.

What promises are for us? Read any Book of the Bible and you will find it jam packed with promises written for YOU and for ME! Believe those promises and there will be no room for murmuring nor disbelief in you heart. And when there is no water nor meat, but only giants and mountains and your enemies have you trapped, you will know that God will bring you through this with great blessings because He has promised such. Through trust you will inherit a better land.


Rob and Deanna said...

Thanks Phillip for the reminder not to "call God a Liar." He has blessed in so many ways, I can't(shouldn't) ever complain!

Michelle said...

Thanks Phillip for that exhortation. For some reason we always need to be reminded of God's Blessings to us and how we have nothing to complain about. When we should be able to look around us and see all of God's Blessings in front of us. God is so very good to us and if we can remember not to "call God a liar" we would have so much more joy in life. Thanks again, Michelle J

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