I forget what my mother was worrying about one day, but when I was about 20-years-old and thought I had the Christian life mastered, I said to her, “Just don’t worry.”
Just don’t worry. I wish it was that easy. The problem is that you and I have a lot that could cause us to worry:
I have a herniated disc in my neck that causes my right arm to feel weak sometimes. I’ve been told by two doctors that the nerve damage could become permanent which would lead to some loss of the use of my arm.
The economy isn’t getting better.
Terrorists aren’t giving up.
I still have a large tax bill to pay.
There’s no guarantee the next round of tornadoes won’t wipe out Fayetteville just as they did Joplin, Missouri.
Your circumstances are different than mine, but we both face the same choice everyday:
Will we choose to believe God or our circumstances?
Right before Israel was going to take possession of Canaan, the land God had promised to Abraham, Moses sent in twelve men to explore the land. After 40 days, they returned to give a report. All twelve agreed it was a good land, but ten of them were worried and fearful. They said, “…the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.”
Caleb tried to convince the people that they should go take possession of the land.
But the ten said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
The worry and fear of the ten was so contagious that the Israelite community talked about appointing a leader to take them back to Egypt where they’d lived as slaves. These were people who saw God inflict ten plagues on the Egyptians. They experienced God protecting them by parting the Red Sea so they could escape the Egyptian army who was pursuing them.
Once in the desert, they saw God provide water from a rock. They heard God’s voice speak to them at Mt. Sinai where He gave the law to Moses. And every single day, they saw God lead them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
God could not have been any more real and active in their lives. And yet when they arrived at the land God had promised to give them, they shrunk back in worry and fear because ten men refused to keep their eyes on God rather than what they could see. Read the whole story here in Numbers 13 and 14.
And that error, that sin, cost them their lives. Because they refused to believe God, He ordered them to head back into the desert where they stayed for 40 years while God waited for all the Israelites over the age of twenty to die. They forfeited the Promised Land because they believed their circumstances, what they could see, instead of believing God.
I wonder how often we forfeit God’s blessings, because we refuse to believe Him. How often do we continue to wander in a desert of our own making, because we shrink back in worry and fear when God is calling us to go up and take possession of what He has for us?
I don’t want to miss out on anything God wants to do in me, through me or for me. I don’t want you to miss out either. It’s why I write this blog. And it’s why I put together the devotional: I Believe God: a 40 day adventure. The price is only $2.99 and is available in multiple formats. If you’d like the Amazon Kindle edition, it’s here.
Believing God is a choice to embark on an adventure of filling our minds with truth while learning to recognize and reject the lies of the enemy. It’s an adventure we were designed for by God.
Will you do it?