Exasperating God

Exasperating God

Numbers 14:11 (NLT)

And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them?”

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The children of Israel were at the entrance to the Promised Land. Getting them there had “cost” God a ton of miracles and a boatload of patience. You would have to read the books of Exodus and Leviticus to get the full picture, but you can catch a glimpse of the huge challenge they were by reading from Numbers 11 onward.

After all that God had done for them, in Numbers 14 they balked at going into the land because of fear that was brought on by ungratefulness. God, in great exasperation, said to Moses, “What else do I have to do to make them believe?”

Perhaps you have or someone you know has seen the hand of God healing someone, freeing somebody from bondage, making miraculous provision, opening doors of blessing at just the right moment, or generating opportunities when everything was hopeless. Yet having seen all that, you still find it difficult to trust Him, act on His counsel or obey His commands.

Beware! of the deceitfulness of your own heart! Minimizing the work of God on your behalf whether big or small is to dishonor Him. Dishonoring God with complaints and criticism will bankrupt your faith at the very moment He is about to give you your inheritance.

Don’t exasperate your Heavenly Father. Count and treasure the blessings He has put in your life. Be grateful. Believe. Trust. Obey. Grow. And when the time comes to take on the giants inhabiting the “promised land” God is giving to you, you will not balk. That’s when you will see how His hand will move with greater power than you have every known on your behalf.

You may want to pray something like this: Father God, forgive my rebellious attitude, my lack of gratitude, my religious snootiness, my reprehensible moodiness, my jeers and my fears. Today I come back to Your side to walk by faith. I declare from this day forward that You are bigger than any foe or circumstance I may face. And I thank You in the powerful name of Jesus, Amen!

Have a blessed day!

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