As we read in scripture about the children of Israel, we see patterns of obedience and disobedience, and we see God’s mercy as He chastens them to bring them back to Himself for their own good.
Sometimes as we read about how quickly the Israelites forgot the good things God did for them and how they turned away from Him over and over, it is easy to judge and say, “How could they do that? God just did this marvelous thing for them and in hardly any time at all, they turned away from Him and committed wickedness and turned to other gods.”
Yet don’t we do the same thing? God provides for us and then we doubt Him. God answers our prayers and then we forget about Him until the next time we need something. But it does not have to stay that way!
Psalm 106:24-25 says, Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: but murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.
In these verses, I see four patterns of disobedience that I propose we can learn from by applying their opposites.
Four patterns of disobedience:
- They despised the pleasant land.
- They did not believe God’s Word.
- They murmured (complained) in their tents.
- They did not hearken unto the voice of the LORD.
Instead of following the patterns of disobedience, we can live their opposites and discover beautiful life with God.
The opposite of disobedience:
- We are thankful for what God has given us.
- We believe God’s Word, God’s promises.
- We praise the LORD all the time.
- We listen for what God is telling us and live accordingly.
How good and how pleasant it is to walk with God, thanking Him, believing Him, praising Him, and listening to His loving, wise voice.