This Psalm has been a very powerful reminder in my life, especially when I read it in one of the worst times of my adult life.
(Psalm 106:6-22) We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly. When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert. He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them. The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived. Then they believed his promises and sang his praise. But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test. So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them. In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord. The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it buried the company of Abiram. Fire blazed among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked. At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal. They exchanged their glorious God for an image of a bull, which eats grass. They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
Part of the people's problems was their unbelief God could be relied on or trusted to obey fully. Yet that is what all of us are tempted to do. When we encounter problems, it can seem like our faith tank goes dry and we fret and try to devise plans or if you are like me at times, just grumble and get cynical. Yet the truth is, faith in the reliability and goodness of God can free us from worry, taking control and doing things our way and taking advantage of those around us, or doing something we know is wrong just to get our needs met.
(2 Peter 1:4) Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
If we trust the promises of God we can overcome temptations to sin to get our needs met. I am trying to preach to myself today since this is something I need to keep working on myself but part the struggle is putting our weight down on God's promises and patiently wait when he seems to delay his answers, see how it says in Psalm 106 "But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold"
1.) They forgot how God had been faithful,
2.) They did not wait in a posture of trust for him to do the good he was planning for them
As a result most died in the wilderness in unbelief and only a few made it in. For the non Christian their unbelief can keep them from receiving God's mercy through faith in Christ yet many
Christians allow themselves to stay stuck in a desert of not reaching all the potential and purpose God wants to give us, the "abundant life" Jesus referred to. Many of us like Israel can give way to,
1.) They gave way to their cravings
2.) Put God to the test
3.) They grew envious of Moses
4.) They made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal. They exchanged their glorious God for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
5.) They forgot the God who saved them,
See how all their other problems flowed from that one major heart issue of unbelief. They gave into sin in their lack, they tested God, they envied, created a useless idol they thought could save them and meet their needs and forgot God.
The root of most all our issues if not all is pride and an unbelieving attitude and we must pray God enables us not to give way to these in times of need and discouragement but see Him as enough as well as trust Him to take care of us in His best ways and timing.