Key Verse: “See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 1:21
Many believers fall short of the victorious Christian life promised in Scripture because they fail to trust what the God of Scripture says. Uncompromising Christianity doesn’t merely think that Scripture is important; it knows that God’s Word is imperative to our lives – even during times of adversity.
In Deuteronomy 1, Moses recounts how the nation of Israel sent spies into the promised land, with every intention of obeying the Lord (v. 22). In verses 24 and 25, the spies confirmed that everything God said was true – the land was plentiful and prosperous. Still, they struggled with other realities of the report. The people in the land were bigger and lived in well-fortified cities (v 28). This news made their “hearts melt.” Suddenly, they doubted the Lord’s promise. Israel turned away from assured victory because they no longer trusted what God said.
Some of us are no different today. Any time we struggle with complete obedience to the Lord, it’s a sign that we don’t truly believe what He says in His Word. We can say the Bible is important, but our actions reveal whether or not it’s imperative (James 1:22.) Think about how this might be true in your own life. Has some situation caused your heart to melt? Remember, God’s power is not limited by our circumstances. How we respond to God’s Word during adversity reveals the object of our faith. When our confidence is in God and in His Word, then we move forward in obedience, trusting the outcome to Him.
So, is God’s Word important to you, or is it imperative? Another route may look more comfortable than following God’s plan. But compromising, by trusting in anything or anyone else, is the path to defeat and spiritual mediocrity. The victorious Christian life is not without difficulty. It’s a life of overcoming adversity by trusting in the person of Jesus Christ and in the promises of God’s Word. When God’s Word is the absolute and final authority in our lives, then we can rest in the security of God’s promises.