How dangerous is unbelief to a person? Unbelief is disasterous to a person’s life. Hebrews shows us how dangerous it is. To find the answer we will look at the Israelites. They were God’s chosen people. They saw God’s awesome power. They were witnesses to His amazing miracles. They were led by Moses a man full of faith and hunger for God.
Hebrews 3 is one of many scriptures that sheds light on the danger of unbelief in our lives.
Out of all people the Israelites were supposed to be the most passionate people. They were supposed to be the most hungry for God. They were supposed to be the most believing. Why? Because they saw things. They saw their tormentors being destroyed by plagues. Then they saw the Red Sea being parted. After that they saw rocks turn to water, quail falling from the sky, manna on the ground, a pillar of cloud and fire, clothes not getting torn, sandals not being damaged. They saw God as fire, they heard His voice! They saw and heard things.
And yet they failed to get into the promise land. Hebrews says they failed to enter God’s rest. Why?
Let us look at Hebrews 3:12 which says:
[Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.
But instead warn (admonish, urge, and encourage) one another every day, as long as it is called Today, that none of you may be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [the fraudulence, the stratagem, the trickery which the delusive glamour of his sin may play on him]. (Amplified)
Unbelief will harden your heart towards God. It will seperate you from Him. The bible warns us of an unbelieving heart. But the thing is this, unbelief will come in stealthly. You won’t even know it until it is too late and that is the why we need to constantly check our heart condition. Unbelief cannot be left unchecked.
When I read this passage I started looking at myself. I asked God to show me if I had unbelief in my heart. You can believe that God can heal but at the same time you may doubt God as your Provider. You may believe that God is faithful but at the same time you may doubt His love for you at times!
Unbelief will creep into every area of your life. In which areas are you living in unbelief? Where are you struggling in?
The Israelites went through a lot when in slavery and that may have played a part in them doubting God. Don’t let your bad experiences make you doubt God.
Let us look at one last scripture which reads:
So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest], because of their unwillingness to adhere to and trust in and rely on God [unbelief had shut them out].
Hebrews 3:19 (Amplified)
As I end I would really like you to see how unbelief stopped Israel from walking into God’s rest. Dispite all the amazing things they saw they refused to believe in God and because they refused their hearts got hardened. Unbelief will seperate you from God.
We need to eradicate ALL unbelief! We cannot entertain it. Ask God to help you as you search your heart.
We will enter our rest because we live a life of trust in God.