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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?

 

8 Comments

  1. It is a challenge. We all tend to put too much emphasis on our flesh and the limitations of it, but God isn’t limited by anything… He is everything! All of His creation is subject to Him and when we fear the world and trust the limitations of it, we are putting material things above God himself. This is the beginning of breaking the ten commandments I believe. Once we break that one the rest fall like dominoes…

    • Yeah, we simply can’t focus on what we are or what we aren’t because it’s irrelevant! Now, when I’m in the midst of a situation it doesn’t SEEM irrelevant, but those whose minds are stayed on Him are in perfect peace. Good stuff, Floyd. Thank you.

  2. It is a challenge. How often do we hear:

    “Do not be afraid! O ye of little faith!”
    “Be courageous.”
    “Stand firm.”
    “Press on…” ?

    All reminders to not quit or runaway just because things seem difficult at best and impossible at worst. It all works together to prove the value of our faith, to raise us up in the maturity of our relationship with Him.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..I Dreamed of the Mighty Giants of WarMy Profile

    • He knows our limitations and frailties and in our darkest moments, He releases strength and encouragement. It’s His word that reveals the promise, His word that encourages and heals, and His word that sustains us to the end. Lord, I choose to believe your word!

      Thank you, Dusty.

  3. Great challenge and reminder Jason!

    Our thoughts absolutely affect our actions. This is why we need to be transformed by the renewing our our minds.
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..2 things that prevent us from believing that God loves usMy Profile

    • That’s it. It’s not optional. We have to be transformed and we have to embrace the mind of Christ! Thanks Kevin.

  4. Great challenge indeed. I find myself speaking the words from the man who brought his son to Jesus in Mark 9 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Thanks Jason
    Philip recently posted..It’s a RaceMy Profile

    • Along with this thought, I preached on Mark 9 on Sunday too! You might give it a listen if you get a chance: the Priority of Belief. That’s an honest and good prayer! Thank you, Philip.