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Lord, help me with my unbelief!
by Jodie Montgomery

I’m studying the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) in the Amazing Collection Bible Study. The daily lessons are great reminders of the reality of God. They are also good warnings about my weaknesses especially my propensity to be unbelieving. I’m reminded of my dependence on my Maker for life and rest. I’m reminded to beware of times when I am presumptuous in thinking I am strong. 1 Corinthians 10:12 “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” Amazingly, in the midst of studying the weakness of man, I see the love of God.

G.K.Chesterton (great 20th century writer) said, “All men matter. You matter. I matter. It’s the hardest thing in theology to believe.” I’m seeing this truth as a theme in the pages of the Pentateuch. In particular, the Book of Numbers reveals a faithful God who continually teaches, directs, and disciplines a people because they matter to Him. This is an extraordinary concept to modern man as we are known for abandoning people when they are not “nice” to us. It is hard for us to really comprehend that God is faithful. I readily give up, go with the crowd, and seek my own selfish interests. I do this out of unbelief that God is good and that His ways are best. I need to learn from the example set by Israel in Numbers. Unbelief leads to disobedience and death yet I also learn the character of God in the midst of His peoples’ unbelief and disobedience. God is longsuffering. My disobedience doesn’t result in God abandoning me, rather it distances me from the rest I could have in Him and the enjoyment of Him. People matter to God and it is good to serve Him.

The book of Hebrews gives commentary on Israel’s unbelief and applies the lessons to believers through the ages. I’m taking a moment to consider the warnings in this text and to turn from unbelief. How about you?

Hebrews 3:7-19 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tried Me by testing Me, and saw My works for forty years. “Therefore I was angry with this generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they did not know My ways’; As I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’” Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, while it is said, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.” For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.