The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the Lord. Therefore, he solemnly swore that he would kill them in the wilderness, that he would scatter their descendants among the nations, exiling them to distant lands. Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor; they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead! They angered the Lord with all these things, so a plague broke out among them. But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped. So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time. Psalm 106: 24-31 NLT
Do you believe that God wants to care for you? Truly? How much do you trust in God’s care?
God wants to care for you but you may have to take that on faith and step out into the unknown. You may enter a pleasant land filled with people who look menacing. You may wonder how God is going to take care of you.
This is what happened when God’s chosen people got to the promised land -- the first time. They refused to enter because they didn’t trust that God would take care of them. Even with the evidence that God had taken care of them so far, they apparently reached the limit of their trust and faith.
Where is the limit of your faith in God? I suppose all of us have such a limit at some points in our lives. Sometimes it takes more than a promise to get us to continue to trust. Sometimes we have to think hard about what God had done in the past for us. And sometimes we just have to believe and go anyway.
God, you care for me. Help me to trust you and obey you without grumbling. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Copyright Amelia G. Sims 2012