I was pondering on the journey to the Promised Land of God over the weekend, when these words drifted through my thoughts.  “No entrance allowed.”

I was re-reading the book of Numbers, chapter 14, which talks about this well-known story.  I read over the part where God told Moses that they would not enter into the Promised Land.  The very land God said was theirs.

God asked Moses three questions that caught my attention.

  1. How long will these people reject Me?
  2. How long will they not believe Me?
  3. How long will they complain against Me?

As I read, I wondered, “do we realize when we complain against God, we are rejecting Him?”

Most of you would say, “I would never reject God” and perhaps you believe that.  However, according to scripture if you complain against Him, you are rejecting Him. I don’t know about you, but this is a sobering thought to me.

Next, God asked how long they would not believe Him.  This one also caused me to think.  “Is my faith in God strong?  Do I believe what He said and is saying?”

In the midst of the chaos, do I believe God above everything else?

When everything being seen and spoken is the opposite of what God has said, will I continue to believe?

Finally, He asked, “when will they stop complaining against Me?”

Oh, my goodness!  When will we stop complaining against God?  When will we cease to say things like.

“Why is God allowing this to happen?”

“Why is this still going on?”

“I thought God said this was going to be a good year?”

“I have prayed, and it is only getting worse.”

Does any of that sound familiar?  Have you said or thought any of those things?  I will admit, they have certainly drifted through my mind.

However, when that happens, I must remind myself of all God has said.  I get in the Word of God and build up my faith.  I pray.  I worship.  I get my mind back on God.  There and there alone, we find peace.

Hebrews 3:18-19 says, And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

The fruit of unbelief is complaining, murmuring, rejecting God and His Word, and not believing what He has already said.

That’s the fruit.

The consequence is something different.  It is that we will not enter into the promises of God.  That, my friend, is a frightening thought.

I encourage you today, check your heart.  Watch your words.  Speak only what God and His Word says to be true.  Refuse to agree with the enemy concerning the outcome of our present season. May we refuse to be one of those who do not enter in.

God has a plan, and it is a good plan.  One filled with hope and a wonderful future.  That is what I am declaring, how about you?


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