What if I don’t like it?
Key Faith Foundation: God is good!
It can be scary when God asks us to take a step of faith, or take a risk. When we enter unfamiliar territory, we want to run back to what was; to our comfortable area and to what we know we can handle. God wants to stretch us, grow us, and make us stronger. Stepping out and taking risks when God is leading is the best way to increase our faith and reliance on Him. Not every situation will be easy or fun, but God is always with us, and He is always good.
The Nation of Israel had finally made it. They had reached the promised land; the land that God had promised to them. To their surprise, it was filled with giants. They chickened out and the popular opinion was that they could not destroy the enemy. God had promised them victory, so their cowardice was a sign of denying God’s power and promise; their unwillingness to trust in God. God called them out on their fear and commanded them not to enter because of their lack of faith. If God calls us, we must follow. To deny Him is disobedience. We must trust in Him that He’ll be with us.
God will provide for us along our journey toward His will when we step out and follow Him. After Israel had escaped the pursuit of Pharaoh at the Red Sea and had almost been stuck in a desert, they complained. They even had thought being slaves again in Egypt would be better than where God had brought them. God did not forsake them and provided them food and water in many ways.
This Psalm depicts a man who saw God’s hand of provision and security, even when facing death. He learned that God heard his prayers, saw his faith, and was merciful to save his life. Because he was in danger, he could see God’s goodness, mercy, and salvation. God is with us in all our troubles and He will answer us when we have childlike faith in Him.
This verse is reassuring for anyone facing hard times. When we love God and follow His purposes for our life, we can trust that He will ultimately turn bad things into something good. Encourage one another to remember that God protects people who love and follow Him.
Adolescence is a scary new territory for young people. It can be overwhelming. There are new pressures and responsibilities. Try new things and face new challenges. We need regular assurance that God has a good and perfect plan and won’t abandon us.