I Got This!
How many of you prayed and asked God to move on your behalf only to remain in the same place? Did you ever second guess yourself thinking God didn’t hear your plea? Or maybe God gave you the response, Wait my child for the time is yet to come.
Did you decide to wait on a response from the Lord or did you say, I got this and moved on your own accord? If you chose the latter then I recommend reading the rest of this post as I discuss The Consequence to Losing Faith.
The Israelites and the Promise Land
I want to take it way back, I mean old testament Book of Exodus way back. I’m sure you remember the Israelites or God’s chosen people and their leader into the promise land, Moses.
I must say Moses had his hands full dealing with the Israelites which makes perfect sense why he was reluctant to lead God’s people in the beginning.
From complaining about having to drink bitter water after Moses led them safely through the parted Red Sea to escape Pharaoh. To not having meat to eat in the wilderness. To not reaching the promise land quick enough it must have been overwhelming for Moses trying to keep the Israelites happy.
Despite Moses' numerous requests to the Lord on behalf of the Israelites God provided exactly what His chosen people needed at the perfect time – He was never late.
But when the Israelites took matters into their own hands due to lack of faith the Lord chastened them. Losing faith and being out of the will of God is a treacherous place to be.
It's a place you need not visit so no matter how difficult your situation. It’s always best to wait on the Lord.
The Israelites make matters worse
Frustrated and irritable while in the wilderness the Israelites grew tired waiting for Moses to finish his encounter with God on Mount Sinai. They decided to worship after another god(s) who(m) they thought would answer their pleas immediately.
Wanting to appease the Israelites, Aaron, a prophet and Moses’ older brother agreed to the Israelites’ request to create a molded, golden calf (basically an idol) as their god to lead them into the promise land (Exodus 32:1-6).
I don’t know why Aaron was so quick to give into the Israelite’s ridiculous demand. Being a prophet he knew better. Perhaps he feared an uprising, but regardless this angered God tremendously resulting in 3,000 Israelites dying by sword that day for disobedience.
By attempting to overstep God the Israelites made matters worse and did not get to the promise land any faster.
A Few Days Trip
Initially, when Moses led God’s people out of Egypt to escape enslavement from Pharaoh it should have taken only a few days to enter the promise land. Due to lack of faith it took the Israelites 40 years.
Doubt and Disobedience
How many times have you doubted God only to prolong what God had promised you? I know I've messed up a few times.
Unfortunately, Moses forfeited his blessing of entering into the promise land by disobeying God before the Israelites.
In fact, only two significant people who were part of the Exodus as children, Joshua and Caleb, made it to the promise land along with the generation of children who were born during the 40 years in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 1:34-40).
None of the complaining, disobedient, lack of faith Israelite adults made it out.
God made it fairly easy for the Israelites to reach the promise land. All they needed to do was yield to God in faith. The same God that rescued them from Pharaoh's enslavement.
But just like today, we believe our way is the best way. How wrong can we be? God sets us up for blessings and we sabotage them by taking matters into our own hands.
The difference between us and the Israelites
I want to state humbly that our behaviors today are no different from the Israelites. We want things when we want them. We desire things we shouldn't desire. We take matters into our own hands. We mess up and ask God to fix it. We lose faith and turn else where for answers.
The difference between us and the Israelites is that we have a savior, Jesus Christ, who can intercede on our behalf when we get entangled and lose faith. We have a savior that gave His life in order to redeem us from our sinful nature.
What can we glean from the Israelites?
My purpose for using Moses and the Israelites as an example is to demonstrate the power of keeping faith. Faith in God involves self-control, obedience, patience, love, and trust for the Father. You can’t have a mature, genuine relationship with God without faith.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
There may be times when your faith is challenged, but that’s when you draw on the Lord for strength. Seeking the Lord when your faith is tested is a great example of practicing faith. Even if your faith at the time is the size of a mustard seed you’re trusting in the Lord.
Faith is what the Israelites lacked the most. Lack of faith is what caused them to take matters into their own hands by choosing a golden calf idol as their god – believing it could lead them out of the wilderness quicker.
Lack of faith resulted in the once enslaved Israelites not reaching the promise land.
When you decide to make important moves on your own without seeking God first and not waiting patiently on His response you can make a mess of things. And most likely the few times things don’t fall apart are the instances where the Father gives you grace for your interference.
Try to learn from the Israelites' costly mistakes. It's a very important lesson carried throughout the entire bible. It's presented to us for a reason.
The True Cost of Losing faith
Before you lose faith think about the true cost of losing your faith and what you can be forfeiting. God will always have your best interest in mind regardless of how frightening your situation may look or how bad you desire something.
Have faith in the Lord with all things and He will never lead you astray.
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