11/13/16: Do You Really Believe?
One day I was visiting my sister’s home and I needed some tape. She took me into her office and proceeded to open a box containing a new dispenser into which she then had to load a new roll of tape. I pointed to a dispenser already on the desk and she said, “Oh, that’s double-sided. It’s not the kind you need.” Although I have known my sister all my life and have never known her to lie to me, I reached out my finger and touched that tape. Indeed, the open dispenser contained double-sided tape. Why couldn’t I have just taken her word for it? Why didn’t I simply believe what she told me?
That same mindset must be behind the old saying, “Every generation has to learn for itself that the stove is hot.” Or as I’ve heard some grandmothers put it, “You just don’t believe that fat meat is greasy.”
Well, Solomon was right when he said, “…there is nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NKJ). Even this inbred tendency toward disbelief that we like to camouflage as curiosity sprouted in the psyche of the children of Israel. After all God had done for them to spring them from the brutal captivity under Egypt’s Pharaoh, they still failed to receive their ultimate blessing because of their unbelief. The writer of Hebrews paints the pathetic picture for us.
- “For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” Hebrews 3:16-19 (NKJ).
I touched the tape. We tap to see if the paint is really wet. We jiggle the locked door despite the sign that directs us to use the other door. And the children of Israel rebelled despite all they knew of God and His delivering power.
Disobedience of clear direction is nothing less than rebellion based on disbelief. We may as well stop saying we believe in God if we disobey Him. The proof of belief is the fact that we act upon it.
So today, mark your actions. If they are actions of obedience to God, you know you believe. If, however, your actions are those of disobedience, you don’t really believe Him. The simple question then is, do you believe? If you believe, change your ways and obey.
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