Do you know why the people of Israel were forced to wander in the desert for 40 years after being delivered dramatically from slavery in Egypt, given the Ten Commandments, and led by the great prophet Moses?
My first thoughts: They disobeyed God by worshipping a golden calf, they grumbled a lot, and they even suggested they should go back to Egypt. But the writer of Hebrews lets us in on the true problem: They didn’t believe God!
After recounting their bad behavior, he sums things up by saying, “So we see that they were not able to enter because of their unbelief” (Hebrews 3:19). After all God had done for them, they still didn’t trust him to fight the giants and give them the land. Unbelief kept an entire generation from receiving the blessings God had prepared for them.
Our trust in God is fundamental to his active involvement in our lives. In fact, Jesus said we needed to believe before our prayers would be answered. If we want to grow our ability to trust, maybe we start by believing some things God has already promised:
- Your pain won’t last forever. (Psalm 30:5)
- Justice will come. (Psalm 103:6)
- Your needs will be met. (Philippians 4:19)
- God’s Word will show the way. (Psalm 119:105)
- Relating to him will give you strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
- You don’t have to be afraid. (Psalm 23:4)
- God has a place and purpose for you. (Philippians 2:13)
Our earthly and eternal well-being depend on believing in the God of the Bible so much that we entrust our lives to him. None of us trusts him perfectly, but we can begin today to do it better!
“Man says, ‘Show me and I’ll trust you’. God says, “Trust me and I’ll show you.” – Anonymous