So, I spoke to you, but you would not listen. Instead you rebelled against the command of the Lord and acted presumptuously and went up into the hill country. – Deuteronomy 1:43
After the Israelites fearfully decided that they were too weak to enter the land promised to them by God, Moses pronounced that they would wander the wilderness for 40 years. Of course, they didn’t like this news, had a change of heart, and decided that they would go ahead and try to defeat their enemies anyway, presuming upon God’s approval. God, through Moses, warned them against this folly, but they didn’t listen and were soundly defeated.
If we willingly disobey God, then we should not act as if we have His blessing. Disobedience is always accompanied by punishment or negative consequence. Sometimes this comes immediately and directly, but at other times it is manifest over time by the absence of God’s blessing and favor.
Herein lies the heartbreak of disobedience. The loss you experience from living outside God’s preferred truth may just be the absence of a blessing He longed to bestow, but never could and never did.
The bud of victory is always in the truth. – Benjamin Harrison
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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