Several days ago, the Lord convicted me that the problem He and I were having (there was something like a wedge in our relationship) was that I wasn’t trusting Him, fully and completely.
Every time I complained, I wasn’t trusting Him.
Every time I asked Him “why”, I wasn’t trusting Him.
Every time I came to Him and begged; I wasn’t trusting Him.
I have felt like Thomas, needing to see the hands and the feet to believe, but little did I know that to continually need to see the proof in my timeframe was competing with my faith, the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1). The Lord told me that to constantly question the promises He has already told us in His Word, which we so often do as humans, is a form of disbelief.
I believe God’s people have been plagued by distrust, me being one of them.
The story of the Israelites walking through the desert has been on my mind for several weeks now. I keep thinking of them being thirsty, hungry, tired, hot, angry at the Lord and at Moses for bringing them out of slavery to seemingly suffer in the wilderness. They were confused and upset and because of that confusion and frustration they began to doubt the Lord and His plans.
All but Moses questioned Him, therefore all but Moses found themselves in a mental battle to understand how and why they were where they were, leaving them feeling hopeless and lost even in the midst of being led. Their distrust of the Lord put them in vulnerable positions and ultimately kept them from achieving the prize God had for them in the Promised Land.
Although we may not fully understand what is going on around us, we cannot afford to doubt the Lord’s plans, for to doubt Him is to lose trust in Him, and in this day and age we, in no way, can lose faith in who our God is and what He can and will do.
Those who trusted in the Lord were the ones who walked into the land of milk and honey. It didn’t matter how big the giant or tall the mountain, those who knew that their God was for them walked into every battle believing in their victory.
Although the enemy often pressed in around them, those who trusted in the Lord knew they were fighting with the strength of the angels, so even if a thousand came at their right hand and ten thousand at their left, their success was still imminent for their God was around them.
When they were thirsty, those who trusted that their Lord brought the water out of the rock were the ones who drank.
When they were hungry, those who trusted that their Father brought the manna from heaven, were the ones who ate.
When they were cold or hot, those who trusted that their God brought the fire and the cloud were the ones who warmed and cooled.
When the enemy was great, those who trusted that their Commander fought for them were the ones who saw the triumph.
We, as God’s children, as His people, as His Remnant, cannot afford to doubt Him. He has a plan and it will come to pass. We will see miracles, we will witness healings, we will experience breakthrough, for ourselves and those who seek after righteousness. Now is the time and this is the season.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” -John 20:27 (NIV)