The Contrast Of Faith vs Unbelief

Here we see David look back on God’s faithfulness to deliver in his past.

However, if we see another similar instance from the Israelites early on

we see they gave no thought to God’s former deliverance:

You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’” (Deuteronomy 1:27-28)

Both passages deal with people who saw God’s miraculous deliverance from harm and challenges- for David, “The paw of the lion and the paw of the bear” and for the Israelites, the grasp of a tyranical king

Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

Proverbs 28:15 –

However, David chose to believe God’s deliverance, the Israelites in Moses’s time gave into unbelief.

Psalm 106 gives an account of the people when they were journing to the Promised Land:

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.

Psalm 106:6-13

Believing God vs giving way to unbelief is no small matter,

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23 –

Sin is not just evil actions and wrong thinking, but flows from letting unbelief grow in the heart. Through doubts the Serpant caused Eve and Adam to disobey God and through doubt the people rebelled in the desert and grew impatient, grumbled against God and created a golden calf. God was not opperating how they wanted him to, and as fast as they wanted so they said “Come let us make gods that will lead us into the good land” as a result they angered the Lord by creating a golden calf.

What about us today? These temptations can occur also to us! How often do people who don’t know who the Lord is get angry that he let certain things happen in their lives and they do not seek God to understand who he is but just to get them out of a problem they face- and when he does not deal with their situation how they want or as fast as they hoped they say “There must be no benevolent good God after all!” Or “Come let us make gods for ourselves that will carry us into our futures”

This can also happen to Christians in a subtle way if we too are not cautious. We can easily get frustrated in hard times over the delays or seemingly never ending seasons of hardship that we forget that God has delivered us from hardships so many times in the past. This may cause even a Christian to doubt, and though the temptation to give up and walk away from faith should never enter the mind, there can be a more passive outworking of unbelief, grumbling. Happened many times in my life even as a believer and then realized what I was truly doing, “Oh Lord, I am done for, I am going to die and be miserable from this point on and why does all these bad things happen to me. Lord please just finish me off and let me come home to heaven!” lol- I remember times in my life from years back I used to fall prey to this kind of cynical outlook, yet God has a goal “Be transformed through the renewal of your mind” Romans 12 tells us.

I have moments still but we all must challenge ourselves to put off such non sensical thinking. We must remind ourselves that God has done wonderful things to deliver us from trials in the past, why would we doubt Him after all this?

For younger Christians, this can often be more of a challenge since, they have had less time to see God bring truimph out of their trials. Yet the Word of God says “God works all things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

But you cannot love what you do not know or trust, and unbelief not only does not trust God but stifles love for God. We must fight and wage war by faith.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

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