“Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel; but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalms 106:12-15).
Who says God does not have a sense of humor? In one set of circumstances He dares us to try Him and in another set of circumstances He declares that He will try us. We have heard many stories of how in a crisis someone prayed and prayed and finally God came to their rescue at the very last moment. God has said over and over that He will not forget, forsake of fail us, yet we continue to ask God for things He has already made available. It is easier to ask than to accept the promise of God’s realities as being as real as He is, so we continue to fail to trust Him.
During the Children of Israel’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land difficulty was in their path from beginning to end. The Hebrews suffered three failing of a lack of trust: (1) They did not trust the Word of God, (2) They did not trust the Man of God, and (3) They did not trust God. In spite of their shortcomings and contemptuous behavior God did not fail to provide anything that He had spoken or that was asked for. God did not promise anyone, including Moses and Aaron that it would be easy but He did say that it would be worth it.
“Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God, for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears” (2 Samuel 7:22). There is value in every test or trial, that value is only realized upon triumph over a trial. Many of the things we ask for shall be provided even if we do not ask simply because provisions have been made for them. Much like the Children of Israel, the energy that drives our prayers and hopes is the same contempt of impatience that comes with a lack of trust. We believe but we do not trust.
Believing without trust, contemptuous impatience and the flip-flop of faith are consequences of an idea that God is not going to do this thing I asked in time, in a time that is acceptable to me. The Scriptures are laced with references to God taking action in due season, due time and on the day of the Lord suggesting that “when it pleased God,” He did what was necessary to fulfill His will. Time and God are inseparable, God’s perception of time is not the same as yours or mine and I assure you with certainty man cannot track God’s timetable with the best Swiss watch.
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts, and all the nations shall call you blessed” (Malachi 3:11-12). God is saying if you would trust me, wait patiently for me and keep the leanness of faith out of your soul I will not fail you. Never turn God’s facts into hopes, or prayers, but simply use them as realities, and you will find them powerful as you believe them and trust Him. May you be blessed by the Lord who made heaven and earth, bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Lord, Help Me to Trust You More – Job 23:10 (dianneguthmuller.com)
- Philippians 4 (asorensen.wordpress.com)