Unbelief does terrible things to people, like turn them into raving lunatics.
Don’t believe me? Look at what it did to the Israelites. They had been rescued by God from the hand of Egypt and were on the verge of entering the Promised Land. But when Israelite spies brought back reports of enemies on steroids, the Israelites had a total meltdown. They said:
Because the LORD hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. (Deut. 1:27)
This is crazy talk. The Israelites were God’s chosen, beloved, precious people. He busted them out of Egypt, water-bombed Pharaoh and his army, led them through the wasteland, fed them with bread from heaven, and promised to bring them into a land of rest. God was good to Israel. God loved Israel.
But the sin of unbelief always leads to faulty thinking about God. In the face of the enemy, Israel’s faith in God evaporated. Suddenly they viewed God through the lens of unbelief, a lens which made God appear to be cold, unloving, and hateful. Israel failed to believe God’s promise, which led them to doubt and accuse God.
Unbelief caused them to become raving lunatics.
Unbelief turns us into lunatics too. In the face of challenging circumstances, our faith often evaporates and we start to accuse God. For example:
- CIRCUMSTANCE: You have yet another conflict with your son or daughter.
- UNBELIEF: I will never change, my child will never change.
- ACCUSATION: God why are you letting this happen to me? Why do I have to deal with this unruly child? My son/daughter will never follow God.
- TRUTH: The gospel is the power of God to save and change your child. God is working these conflicts for your good and his glory.
We must fight against the sin of unbelief by exercising faith in the promises and character of God.
It’s the only way to avoid lunacy.
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