This weekend I found myself remembering a particular sin of my past. I have already repented of this sin and God, in His mercy, has cleansed me and forgiven me. This is not a matter of me not trusting in the blood. Rather, I wondered, “What exactly was it that was so sinful about that?” If I told you what it was you would probably say, “Oh, that’s not a big deal”, but Romans 14:23 says, “whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
As I tried to think through biblically, I couldn’t help but draw some parallels to my own story and the history of Israel. Over and over God came through for the children of Israel. He delivered them from slavery, He conquered every enemy, He rescued them from every hard place, He supernaturally provided in famine and drought, He providentially cared for them in the wilderness. Yet, they grumbled and complained. “They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” (Psalms 78:19). In their hearts they tested Him. They provoked the Almighty to wrath, “because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.” (Psalms 78:22).
At the root of every sin is an attitude that will not trust, and even despises the providences of God. It is a rebellious attitude that exalts itself over everything that is good and holy. Matthew Henry says, “As our obedience follows according to the power of our faith, so our sins and want of care are according to the prevailing of unbelief in us.”
The flip-side to all of this is that despite our neglect and abuse of all the promises of God that are “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus, our Father is faithful!
Today, by God’s grace, let us do what the author of Hebrews tells us and enter into our rest. Our rest is in Christ Jesus, and it for all those who believe.
“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11).