Do we understand just how much the Lord longs for HIS PEOPLE to believe Him? Do we comprehend just how important this is to Him? You have to strip away the religious jargon, and get down to brass tacks and ask yourself, “Do You Believe God?”
This is something that is so basic, yet it is so overlooked. It is something that most Christians almost automatically assume they do, and that is to BELIEVE GOD. How many times however, do our words and our actions tell on us that the contrary is true?
Years ago, I went away for a Prayer Summit for women that are in ministry in our city of Miami. It was an awesome two days in the presence of the Lord. During one of the times that we were allowing God to speak to us through His Word, the Lord spoke to me once again concerning the importance of BELIEVING WHAT HE SAYS. We were reading Hebrews chapter 3 and 4, and it struck me that in a chapter and a half, the Lord repeated Himself 3 times.
“So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, `Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, `They shall never enter my rest.'” Heb. 3:7-11 (NIV)
“As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”” Heb. 3:15
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Heb. 4:7
The first thing that struck me about these verses is that it is a warning. When He speaks to us, we have a tendency in our flesh to resist Him and harden our hearts to what He is saying. These hard places in our hearts are unbelief. The Parable of the Sower shows us these hard places in our heart will keep the seed of His Word from bringing forth an abundant harvest in our lives.
Another thing is that unbelief hidden in our heart keeps us from truly knowing Him. God said, “they have not known my ways.” For that reason He said that they would not enter His rest. Unbelief will keep us striving in the flesh, which is not His way.
We are clever however at masking our unbelief. We want 40 million confirmations before we will step out and do anything, and we call it “waiting of God.” When WE SEE something that happens that is contrary to what God has said, we quickly begin to back up and start making excuses. “Maybe I didn’t hear from God.” “That must have been me.” There are so many “reasons” we can come up with why God is not going to do what He said He would do. But God sees right through it.
I think that probably the most important thing we can do in our relationship with God is TO BELIEVE WHAT HE HAS SAID. Do we understand just how much the Lord longs for HIS PEOPLE to believe Him? Do we comprehend just how important this is to Him?
When we doubt that He will do what He says He will do, we bring accusation against His Character. We are in essence saying that it is possible for God to lie. We doubt that He is telling the truth. We are saying that He is lacking in faithfulness. We are saying that He is not worthy of our full trust. That is exactly what HIS PEOPLE did in the wilderness.
How could the Israelites who saw so many miraculous signs with their own eyes not believe God? How could they come to the border of the Promised Land, and not enter in? It’s because they believed a lie. They believed that God was faithful enough to bring them out of bondage, but not faithful enough to bring them into the promise. They got to the very threshold of seeing their promise manifested before their eyes and they backed away and went back into the wilderness they just came from, except now, they were in disobedience and unbelief.
Today, in that same wilderness, lie the unmarked graves of millions of people the Lord miraculously loosed from the hand of Pharaoh. They passed through the parted Red Sea on dry land, but they couldn’t believe God could bring them across the Jordan River to possess the land He promised them. They believed that God was powerful enough to bring them out, but not faithful enough to bring them in. What a tragedy! And all because they believed a lie.
Tomorrow Part 2 of Do You BELIEVE God?
Blessings to All,