In Deuteronomy 1 we read about Moses speaking to the children of Israel explaining different events God has brought them through and times in which they did not trust in the Lord. “7Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples…8See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land…20Then I said to you, “you have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us 21See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
You would think that after everything God delivered the Israelites from they would listen and trust in him completely. He allowed them to escape from Egypt, he provided a way for them to defeat kings and take over lands, guided them on their journey with pillars of fire by night and cloud by day, yet they still doubted. They sent out spies to scout the land. When the spies returned, the Israelites no longer wanted to enter the land because the Amorites were “stronger and taller” and the cities walls were “up to the sky”, so they felt as if they would get killed. They failed to realize God was with them and He is all they need and more. “30The Lord your God who is before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,31and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as father carries his son, all the way until you reached this place.32In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God.” They rebelled against the command of the Lord because they were afraid despite all God has done for them previously and despite God telling them to take the land. They allowed fear and doubt to overtake them rather than trusting God.
How much does God have to do for you in order for you to truly submit and trust him? Has he not proven himself already? This is an issue I face, although the Lord has done so much for me I attempt to handle situations on my own. Not out of fear or doubt, it is not quite a case of rebellion, but more so me relying on my own understanding and abilities rather than allowing him to take control and lead me. This is something I am praying about and working on. I know I need a more sensitive ear to what God is telling me to do. “Hearing” him will be a big part in becoming more obedient and fully submitting and trusting in him. When situations seem to be too much or overwhelming, know that God is with you, “If God Brings You To It, He Will Bring You Through It”. God has done so much for us already, how many more signs, wonders and miracles do we need to trust and submit? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6
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