“Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;”
One of the more troubling stories in the Scriptures is the incident about the twelve spies who went to spy out the land of Canaan to bring word back to Israel about the blessings God was about to give them. What is sad about this story is that ten spies came back with an evil report. These men based their report on the giants, the great wall, and the chariots that were made of iron; however, two men came back with a good report and challenged the people to rise up and go in at once to possess the land. Sadly, the ten negative spies influenced the people not to go forward.
After the reports were given and the people decided not to go forward, they were determined to make a captain to lead them back to Egypt. This faithless act and choice to go backward angered God to the point that He wanted to destroy all the people and make a great nation out of Moses. Though God didn’t do this, His reasoning for wanting to destroy them was because they had seen God’s glory and miracles, and yet still wanted to return to Egypt. After all they had seen, they still thought Egypt was better and that the power of God was a fluke.
A valuable lesson is being taught in the verse above. God holds the Christian who has seen Him work more accountable than the Christian who has yet to see His mighty works. God holds the Christian who knows better more accountable than the Christian who has never been taught the old paths. It is not that God is excusing sin, but those who have seen God work and know what His Word teaches know better.
Let me apply this truth to your life. If you have grown up in a Christian home that promoted the old paths, God will hold you more accountable for what you do with what you know. You are certainly not more privileged than those who grew up in a lost person’s home, but you know better. You know better than to lower your standards. You have no excuse when you choose to stop serving the LORD. You know better when you start copying the world’s standards for right and wrong. I’m amazed at how many young people who grew up in good homes have chosen to stop living according to the Scriptural standards of dress, music and holy living. Let me warn you; you know better.
Moreover, God holds the church that has seen His mighty works more accountable than the church that doesn’t know better. Let me explain. A church that knows that the King James Bible is the inspired and preserved Word of God is held more accountable than the church that maybe doesn’t know better because they have not been taught what is right. Though this is just one illustration, it does illustrate that God holds the church that knows better to a higher standard because they have been taught and have seen God honor those beliefs. When you have seen God work but refuse to do what it takes to see Him work again, He holds you accountable because you know better.
Christian, don’t challenge God. Don’t think that God excuses your worldliness when you use grace and mercy as your excuse. I’ll close by reminding you of Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”