1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
— Numbers 13:1 and 25-33 (KJV)
Dealing with Unbelief
Two weeks ago as I talked about the unbelief of the Israelites, I asked the question why was it that people could see the same facts and walk away with a different perspective. In this case ten of the men who were sent on the mission said we can’t do this and two men did.
The point I really want you to get this week in the text I added is that it was God who gave the instructions to Moses to give them and God told Him he was giving them the Land but the men had a grasshopper mentality. Last week I proposed that one of the reasons people develop an “I can’t,” “we can’t” attitude is that they have a grasshopper mentality. They do not think well of themselves. I emphasized working on your own self-esteem.
Today I want to focus prayerfully on three other areas in dealing with unbelief. The first is having a hunger for the word of God. God tells us in Hebrews 1:1-2 that at many times long ago God spoke to our fathers by the prophets but in these last days he has spoken through His son so we should have a passion to want to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. Hunger for the Word of God
God’s word has life. You should want to hear the Word as badly as you want to eat when you are physically hungry. His Word has certain nutrients that the Spirit needs to deal with the devil. It has other nutrients that grows your faith.
Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes through hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. If you want to deal with unbelief in your life, have a passion for the word. Don’t let anything come between you and the word. God had given them direction through Moses yet they rebelled and did not believe God’s word.
2. Be Mindful of the World’s Influence
Sometimes the world’s influence on many us today causes us to look at Jesus like many of his time did. Matthew 13:55…they saw him as the carpenter’s son and he is so and so or Mary’s son. He is nobody important. They rejected him and the Word says in verse 58 he did not do any mighty works because of their unbelief. The world has caused man to look at the church and Jesus this way.
Be careful that we don’t reject Jesus because we are focused more on the world. The Israelites made Moses words insignificant. They were in essence making God’s Word through Moses insignificant.
3. Stand on His promises
We should all be persuaded like Paul was when he referenced the faith of Abraham. In the book of Romans 4:20 Paul said Abraham did not waver in His faith even when God promised Sarah a child at an old age. Abraham, because of his faith believed God would do just what he said. And because he did not waver in his faith, He and Sarah were empowered to have that child of promise.
If you want to deal with unbelief, allow the faith of Abraham to persuade you in your thinking. You will unleash the power of God on your life and bring His favor to you.
The Rev. Elijah Wray is pastor of Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church. This was the sermon he delivered there on a recent Sunday.