“And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.”
The children of Israel are one of the greatest examples of what happens when you don’t live by faith. The beginnings of their journey to the Promised Land were saturated with faithless decisions. It seemed at every turn these people were making decisions that lacked faith in what God wanted to do for them. In spite of all that the LORD did to try and strengthen their faith, they were constantly making faithless decisions that provoked the LORD’s anger.
The verse above is another illustration of their faithless decisions. Moses sent twelve spies to spy out the land so that they could bring a positive report back to encourage the people to go forward, but instead they came back with a faithless report that challenged the people to go back to Egypt. You must be careful that you don’t fall for the same faithless vision and decisions of the children of Israel. Faithless decisions cause six adverse effects.
First, faithless decisions produce complaining mouths. The quickest way to remove complaining and murmuring is to get a vision of faith. Faith has a way of seeing the positive in every obstacle and the possibilities of God’s power. The only reason anyone would have a complaining mouth is because they are living a faithless life that doesn’t see the possibility of what God’s power can do for them.
Second, faithless decisions produce worldly desires. These people wanted to go back to Egypt because of their faithless vision. The world will be more alluring to the faithless believer who walks by sight. You will never overcome the desires of the world until you start making decisions of faith.
Third, faithless decisions cause reactionary living. These faithless people wanted to stone those who had a faith-filled vision to go forward to the Promised Land. The greatest critics of faith, growth and programs to reach people are faithless people who must justify their floundering work. A faith-filled decision always strives to do great things for God.
Fourth, faithless decisions provoke God’s anger. Israel provoked God to anger because of their faithless decision not to go forward to the Promised Land. You will never please the LORD when you are making faithless decisions. The quickest way to get on God’s bad side is to live a faithless life that wanders back into the world. Faithless decisions anger God because it says to the world that God isn’t powerful enough to perform for you what He knows He can do. Faithless decisions are decisions that doubt God’s power.
Fifth, faithless decisions gives fodder to the enemy. The enemy always benefits from your faithless decisions. Faithless decisions give the enemy the ammunition to proclaim that God wasn’t strong enough to deliver you in the first place. If you don’t want your enemies to be justified in their criticisms, you had better learn to start making faith-filled decisions.
Sixth, faithless decisions result in powerless service. After realizing God’s anger, Israel foolishly wanted to prove that they were still relevant even though God had already pronounced that they would wander in the wilderness for forty years. Faithless decisions always result in fleshly proclamations that try to prove one’s relevance. If you want God’s power for your life, you are going to have to make faith-filled decisions.