In this article, the author is trying to examine one of the main reasons why Christians lose many blessings from God, though HE really planned and offered them to us.
We all, as believers, trust in the LORD and expect HIM to bless us in everything. We begin every new day with the hope of receiving a new blessing from our Heavenly Father. But how many times have we failed to receive them or lost those blessings just for a simple reason: lack of trust in our Heavenly Father.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 KJV)
The above verses in proverbs says: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart. So, if we lack trust in our heart what will happen? Let us examine in detail.
19 Then, as the Lord our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites through all that vast and dreadful wilderness that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea. 20 Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us. 21 See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” 22 Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.” 23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. 24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshkol and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.”
26 But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. 27 You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’” 29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,
31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” 32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. 34 When the Lord heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: 35 “No one from this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your ancestors, 36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly. ”37 Because of you the Lord became angry with me also and said, “You shall not enter it, either.38 But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it. (Deuteronomy 1:19-38NIV)
In the above verses we see The LORD Almighty asking Israelites to go and take possession of the land of the Amorites, which HE had promised to give them.
But the Israelites, the generation that witnessed all the great and awesome miracles in Egypt; including the parting of the Red sea, did not trust in The Power of The LORD Almighty. Instead of trusting God, they decided to send men to spy on the land to find out what kind of people are living there.
They thought that; the fight belongs to them alone and so, need to know more about the enemy before going into the battle field. Even the men sent to spy on the Amorites brought news that was really scary, except Caleb and Joshua.
Though, God assured them repeatedly through Moses that He would fight for them; they were still unwilling to go ahead. Finally, The LORD becomes angry and decides not to allow anyone from this generation to enter the Promised Land except Caleb and Joshua.
The consequences of this serious distrust did not end there. The LORD was even angry with Moses and tells him that; even he won’t set foot on the Promised Land. So, what we, as believers, can learn from this set of events?
Please remember, The God we worship is same yesterday, today and tomorrow, HE never changes. We, during our journey as a Christian has experienced innumerable miracles in our daily life. But still there comes occasions when we become stubborn and refuse to trust in the redeeming power of The LORD Almighty.
There are times when we envision our enemy as invincible and decides to surrender before him without a fight. We cannot defeat our enemies because we think “we are fighting the battle alone” We often fail to recall our previous experiences of miracles from the hands of God.
As a result, distrust creeps in and we let the enemy get the victory. This is what actually happened to the Israelites. Moses’ generation failed to enter the promised land, because of their distrust.
During the time of a crisis, God expects us to trust HIM to fight for us, so that, He could lead us to victory. But we just do the opposite. We, just like the Israelites, start declaring words of defeat and walk into the jaws of the enemy.
In many occasions, the victory we expect, or the blessing we desire to have, fail to reach us just because of our distrust.
Trust is the basic component of any relationship. Lack of trust in a relationship can lead to very fatal consequences. Moses and his generation lost the opportunity to set foot on the promised land simply because of their distrust (though Moses was innocent in this case).
Similarly, our distrust towards God Almighty can shut the doors of blessing not only in our lives but also in the lives of people around us. So, let us remember to keep the lamp of trust burning in our hearts continually, so that, we do not lose any of the blessings HE intended for us. Amen.