Get rid of unbelief
So we see that they could not enter in (the promised land) because of their unbelief. Hebrews 3:19
Unbelief. It’s the reason God’s people were unable to enter the land God had promised them. I always thought it was because of disobedience. However, this passage says it was because the didn’t believe God. It makes sense that it was in their unbelief, they were unwilling to take the land because they didn’t believe that God would do His part in the conquering so they disobeyed His direction.
It is the same way with us today. Often, we disobey the direction God may be leading because we are afraid that He will leave us on our own to sink or swim. Like He is going to point in one direction and then go another way to be far from us. It just isn’t the case. God is leading us to the paths and places where He is. He wants us to be successful and is attempting to lead us away from our own destructive path to a road of His blessings and success.
Another example of unbelief limiting what God can do in your life is displayed in the life of Jesus. Matthew 13:58 is the account of Jesus ministering to the people in His hometown, Nazareth. It says that He could do no mighty works there because of their unbelief. They knew Jesus as the carpenter’s son and that is all they were willing to believe about Him. Therefore, they missed out on all the goodness that Jesus wanted to do for them because they were unwilling to open their hearts to receive it from Him.
I have many personal examples of times in my life where God was leading and I was unwilling to follow. One particular time was when I was asking God about buying a home and I had my own idea of the area where I wanted it to be. It was in a place that I thought would make my life easier and better for my family. As I continued to pray about it, there just seemed to be nothing happening. I was getting frustrated and starting to be under pressure to find a place. Finally, one day as I was praying about it once again, I remembered a house that was not in the area I wanted to be in. It seemed like every time I started praying where to move, I would start thinking about this place that I had absolutely no interest in. Now I was realizing that every time I thought about it, I dismissed it and said, “Nope, that’s not it.” This day when it came to my thoughts again, I finally said: “LORD, is that you?” I still had no interest in the place but asked God that if that was where He was trying to lead us that my desire would change, and I would begin to consider moving in that direction. It wasn’t long after that, I started thinking about the place more often and the potential of it. We went and took another look and now my heart had completely changed where the house was concerned, and I knew that this was what God was trying to get over to me all along, I just wasn’t listening because I thought I knew better than God what I wanted. Following God’s direction and believing He knows what He is doing has turned out to be such a wonderful blessing for our entire family. God definitely knows what He is doing, and He knows what I will love even better than I do.
We as God’s children often do the same thing. We ask for God’s help in an area, but when it comes from a person or in a way that we didn’t expect, we don’t believe or recognize the answer. What ever we receive from God will require faith and obedience, so the next time you pray and then sense in your heart the next step you should take, go ahead and ask God to give you the grace and desire to take it. If that is where He is leading, He will put that desire in your heart as long as you are open to it. It will not happen automatically, faith is intentionally following the direction of God, even when it doesn’t make sense in the natural world. God is faithful and He has the perfect plan to get you to His greatest blessings in life.
Today I want to encourage you to ask the Lord if there is any unbelief or disobedience in your life. Ask Him to expose it and empower you to get rid of it. Then ask Him if there is any direction He has given that you have disobeyed because you didn’t believe or understand how it could be possible. It could be things as simple as humbling yourself at your job and doing your best instead of the minimum requirement. It could be becoming consistent at attending your local church and serving faithfully. Maybe it is tithing or giving to missions. All of these things require faith and believe that doing them will bring you closer to the purpose and mission God has for you. Decide today to take a step closer in your walk with God and begin believing by faith that He is leading you to your blessed and promised land.
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 3:16-19