How God Views Unbelief
What we believe affects and shapes every part of our existence. We tend to think of belief sometimes as one of the things that influences us when it overwhelmingly forms our lives and directs our future.
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
This quote by Ghandi is in agreement with God’s word. What we believe–either good or bad–or don’t believe is the foundation for every expression of our lives.
Psalm 106 talks about the ups and downs of Israel’s journey for slavery in Egypt to the promised land and beyond. Verses 24-27 challenged me as I read them recently,
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.
Therefore He swore to them
That He would cast them down in the wilderness,
And that He would cast their seed among the nations
And scatter them in the lands.
After Israel had sent in the spies, 10 came back with a bad report centered on giants, enemies, and inadequacies while two said, “let’s go up. God is well able to deliver them into our hands.”
The negativity continued in their tents and they grumbled and their hearts turned away from God’s promise and faithfulness ultimately sentencing an entire generation to death in the wilderness.
What I find interesting is God’s view of their unbelief. Then they despised the pleasant land…
If you listen to what the spies said in Numbers 13, they talked about how good the land was, flowing with “milk and honey,” and showed the tremendous fruit. They never said anything about the land being bad or despising it.
They did not believe in His word…
That is the key, I believe. We think sometimes that we would like to go after His promises, but they seem too impractical or far-fetched. There are too many obstacles and opposition is fierce. In our minds, we are rejecting the word, but in God’s eyes, we are rejecting the perfect fulfillment of the promise.
Why? Because our God declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He doesn’t speak in pleasantries and wishful thinking. For those who believe, He offers a sure reality and peace. If we despise the word through unbelief, we despise our good and promised land.
Deal with the fear, the unbelief, and the negativity that threatens to drown you. Grace enables you to trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. As you recognize and acknowledge Him in all your ways, He’ll make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Does this challenge you? What are your thoughts on this?