Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 75 through 78
When we set out on this journey in January our goal was to know God more. We have learned so much about the nature of God. Just yesterday we found out God wants us to be thankful for what He does for us. In today’s reading I found another clue to the nature of God—He gets angry when we do not believe Him or trust Him to take care of us.
When the Lord heard them, he was furious.
The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob.
Yes, his anger rose against Israel,
for they did not believe God
or trust him to care for them.
In Psalm 78, the psalmist Asaph recounts the journey of the Israelites through the wilderness. He mentioned the disobedience, sin and rebellion that God had to put up with throughout that journey.
God saw the Israelites’ complaining as not believing Him and not trusting Him to take care of them…it really ticked Him off!
The best way to understand this is to think about the parent/child relationship.
What hurts a parent more than thinking their child doesn’t believe or trust them to take care of them?
The difference between God and parents:
While parents may have the best of intentions sometimes we still miss it.
But God is, well God and He is perfect!
He ALWAYS has our best interest at heart.
Why don’t we ALWAYS trust our Heavenly Father to take care of us?
I think it’s doubt. We may never say this or consciously think it, but sometimes we really wonder if He’s…really real.
We wonder if…
He REALLY has everything under control…all the time?
He REALLY has my best interest all the time?
Isn’t it interesting that the very reason we don’t always trust God to take care of us is the same reason the Israelites did not trust Him—
UNBELIEF–not believing God is who He says He is and that He will do what he says He will do!
Friends, this is why we have to continue this journey. The more we know God and his nature the less we will doubt!
Lord, just like the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus for healing in Mark 9:24, we say…
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 79 through 82