November 12 2023
Today, Sunday November 12
“They Did Not Believe His Word”
24 Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word,
25 But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the LORD.
26 Therefore He raised up His hand in an oath against them, To overthrow them in the wilderness,
27 To overthrow their descendants among the nations, And to scatter them in the lands.
In Psalm 106:12-23, we see the dangerous decline of the people of Israel soon after they were delivered out of their bondage in Egypt. It started with, “they soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel” (v. 13). Then notice in verse 21, the next thing they did was, “They forgot God their Savior”. And after that now in verse 24, “Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word.” When we forget what the Lord has done for us, we start leaving God out of our lives and then we even despised His promises of blessings and refuse to believe His word of victory over our enemies and problems.
Now in verses 24-27, we see the tragic failure they experienced because of their unbelief. Israel had been out of Egypt about two years when the Lord brought them to Kadesh Barnea on the border of the Promised Land (Num. 13-14). Instead of trusting God to give them the land, the people asked Moses to appoint a committee to survey the land. The truth is that God had already done this for them according to Ezekiel 20:6, “On that day I raised my hand in an oath to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, ‘flowing with milk and honey’, the glory of all lands.”
But Israel did not need more facts; they needed more faith. It was a "pleasant [beautiful] land" (v. 24; Jer. 3:19; 12:10) and a "good land" (Deut. 8:7-9), but ten of the twelve spies reported that Canaan was a dangerous land filled with giants, high-walled cities, and formidable armies. The people reverted to their usual crisis mode of weeping, complaining, and planning to return to Egypt (Num. 14:1-10). Sounds a lot like most Christians today in our churches in America. How sad!
The Lord announced that the generation twenty years and older would all die in the wilderness during the next thirty-eight years, and then He sent a plague that killed the ten unbelieving spies. What should have been a triumphant victory march became a tragic funeral march. That is what happens when we want our own way and refuse to trust the Lord and obey Him.
May the Lord give us grace, strength, and courage to believe Him and His Word so that we don’t have to wander around in the wilderness during our time on earth!