Bible Reading Blog — February 4, 2016

4 Feb

Today’s Readings — Numbers 13-14 & Mark 7:24-30

Disobeying God is more about a failure of faith than it is about breaking specific rules. We often think sin is simply lying or stealing or some other form of rule breaking. But the real heart of sin is a failure to value the Word of God above my own desires or plans. When God gives me a promise, when God tells me how to live, I have a choice in that moment to believe God and bank on His promises or to turn away from God in unbelief. This was the situation that faced the wilderness generation. God had promised them the land of Canaan. But the situation looked insurmountable to them. So they turned away in unbelief rather than trusting God. This led them to a whole host of sinful behaviors, from fear to grumbling to rebellion to even the desire to kill Joshua and Caleb, the two spies who were encouraging them to believe God’s promise.

In our lives, the areas which seem most insurmountable are likely the areas we most need to be aware of God’s promises and where we most need to trust God rather than our desires. If you have an especially pesky sin area in your life, it is a good idea to mine God’s Word for specific promises related to that area and then apply those promises to our lives in faith, saying no to our desires or our circumstances and yes to God. This is not about rule-keeping or salvation by works, but about relationship. Relationships flourish in an environment of trust. This is true of our relationship with God as much as it is in human relationships. So if you and I will fix our minds on trusting God, obedience will come as a fruit of that relationship of trust. We will not have to walk on eggshells, wondering if we’re being obedient. We will not be constantly assessing our spiritual state. In a relationship of trust, the joy is in delighting in one another. The resultant behavior is the fruit of love. Be fruitful by leaning on God’s promises no matter your outward circumstances.

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