The Book of Numbers: 7 unfaithful acts

Within the narrative of the book of Numbers we find seven times when Israel fails to trust in the Lord. Four of the seven were tests that God wanted them to endure, and many of them came in the form of trusting God for food and water or for having greedy desires (11:1-3; 4-34; 20:1-13; 21:4-9). Two of the seven cases of distrust where in their refusal to accept God’s chosen leaders (12:1-16; 16). And the last and most grevious refusal of believing God’s best for them concerned their belief in the bad report of the promised land.

Often this pattern continues in our own life’s journey. Look back and see, when did you doubt God in the past? Was it when your faith was tested for the very necesities of life? When the finances were tight, when you desired more than your current estate could afford, did you have trouble keeping from grumbling or believing God through those hardships? When God placed leaders in your life for your own good, but you did not like their style of leadership or their personality, what have you – did you start to lose faith that God knew what He was doing? And when it came to believing in the promises God planted in your heart many years ago and it seems you will never get there, or when you do arrive the task of attaining that goal seems impossible, did you lose heart in the face of reality that God did promise and will see you through it? Take a lesson from those in the wilderness lest you to be burned alive by your unbelief by a God who desires to see you make the journey’s end. 

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