“In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy 1:32)
The Israelites had problems with trusting God. Though they had moments of clarity, it sure seems like their journey was one marked more by getting things wrong than by getting things right. The baffling part of their lack of trust is that God revealed Himself to them in such incredible ways.
They didn’t pray to a God whom they couldn’t see; they had a visible representation of His presence through the cloud and the pillar of fire. They didn’t have to go on blind faith; they had miracles to affirm God’s blessing (think about the parting of the Red Sea, the plagues on Egypt, manna each day, etc.).
When they stood before God, they couldn’t come up with a single, legitimate reason for why they failed to trust Him.
What about you? When you stand before God, will you have any legitimate reasons not to trust Him? Take a few minutes to really think about that. Has He proved unfaithful in any of His promises to You? My guess is that He hasn’t.
Typically, the reasons we come up with for why we don’t need to trust God at any given time are related more to getting what we want than they are to His lack of faithfulness.
Certainly that was true for the Israelites. They wanted life to be easy, but God wasn’t interested in easy because sometimes easy isn’t what’s best for us.
Let’s commit, together, to trust Him fully without any excuses.
Father, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that my lack of trust in You is more of a result of my own desire for life to be easy than it is an evidence of Your past unfaithfulness. The truth is, You haven’t been any but faithful to me. Thank You that I can trust You. Give me courage to do so even when it isn’t easy, and help me not to make any excuses for refusing to place my life and my future into Your loving hands.