“. . . Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. 27. And you murmured in your tents and said, ‘Because the LORD hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. . . .” ~Deuteronomy 1:26-27 ESV
This passage reminds me of a second instance of Genesis 3. The progression, like Eden, is that Israel rebelled or doubted God’s command or word; once they made this mistep the only “word” they had left was their own. When faced with their circumstances all they could do was interpret their situation (facing an enemy nation, the Amorites, bent on destroying them) through reliance upon self; nevertheless they blamed God for their situation, and thought because of their circumstances that the LORD hated them — even though God had already promised to protect them (yet they had already rebelled against His word or command; thus their situation, apart from the LORD appeared as if it would destroy them [and in fact it would]).
So we have this progression which is universally applicable for all people in relation to God:
- Doubt or rebel against God’s “Word.”
- Interpret the circumstances of life apart from God’s “Word” and promise.
- Assume that because of the circumstances of life that God hates us, or must have left us.
Principle: If we doubt God’s Word we will misinterpret the circumstances of life and assume that God hates us.
Application: I think the most important lesson from this passage is that we should always trust God’s Word and promises; even in light of the most overwhelming of circumstances. It is really easy, even unconsciously at points, to doubt God’s Word — it’s what constitutes our “old nature” — the minute we do this we set ourselves up to interpret the circumstances of our lives apart from the lense of God’s promises; and thus we are prone to think, because of the hard circumstances of life, that God has left us and must therefore hate us.
What has been reinforced through this passage, for me, is that I need to trust the LORD; and know that He is completly in control of all of the circumstances of life. When I am tempted to doubt God’s word, in light of the tough circumstances of life — which is often — I simply need to submit to God, draw nigh to Him and He will draw nigh to me. This presents a real challenge, but I know the Holy Spirit is present; and the resurrection power is mine in Christ!