The first generation of Israelites were unable to enter the rest promised by God, in the land He would give them because of their unbelief. Their purpose and destiny as freed slaves was to rest in the total provision of the Lord. The wonders they had witnessed in the past were supposed to enable them to trust in God for the future.
before your very eyes, 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."
In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God,
One of the ways this unbelief manifested in the Israelites was through grumbling! [Numbers 14:27]. It was a serious offense as far as the Lord was concerned, as He viewed every grumble as a statement of unbelief, a lack of trust in His goodness and provision. (And no grumble escapes His notice.)
This should pull us up short – grumbling can be a national past-time! For Christians and non-Christians alike, grumbling about the weather, the traffic, next door neighbours, family members, the price of food, the state of the country…. is often a normal part of conversation.
The root of much grumbling is fear, the fear that God is not good; the fear that good is being withheld from me (which was essentially Eve’s sin); the fear that my needs will not be met; the fear that I am somehow losing out. And fear produces unbelief.
And the point of all this?
What am I grumbling about.......? What is at its root.......?
How is it related to unbelief........? How is it affecting my rest........?
And the antidote for this malaise? We’ll look at that later in the week…..
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