Nov 15, 2019
Belief is a theme throughout the pages of Scriptures, from the book of Genesis, all the way to the last chapter in the final book of the Bible, Revelation. Belief is an integral part of faith. And as the author of Hebrews reminds us, “it is impossible to please God without faith.” As we make our way through the book of Deuteronomy, we will see that faith and belief were a necessary requirement for the people of Israel, if they wanted to fully experience the blessings God in store for them in the land of Canaan. They were going to have to take God at His Word and trust His command to enter a land filled with enemies whose armies were better equipped and whose cities were well-fortified. God had said the land was theirs, but they were going to have to fight to prove their faith. God had said He would go before them, but they were going to have to follow. And when they did, they were going to have to take the fight to the enemy. Obeying God always requires faith. But the temptation is to allow the circumstances of life to produce doubt in God’s Word. And when we do, the next thing that happens is disobedience, which always leads to defeat, and never blessing.