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2nd Guessing God
by Jenny on February 10th, 2015

"If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is." 2 Timothy 2:13

Why are we so quick to second-guess God?

Oh, wait . . . maybe it's just me who struggles to believe God for all He has promised.

Nine years ago I discovered for the first time that God had a purpose for me in this life; work for me to accomplish in this world; work that would generate results which extend far into eternity. Since making that discovery it has become my greatest desire, my hearts longing to fulfill the plans God has for me.

Occasionally I've had the privilege of engaging so deeply in God's work that I feel as if I'm Moses standing on the mountain with God. Other times I feel as if I must have heard God wrong. I question how God could use me or why God would want to use me to build His Kingdom, especially during this season of raising [several] little ones.

While God may seem to play a game of hide-and-seek-My-will-for-your-life, it's really me who falters. It is me who waivers. It is me who questions. It is me who doubts. God has made His Will for us perfectly clear in His Word. Love Him, and allow our love for Him to compel us to love others.

It's. that. simple.

But thankfully, I'm not the only one who second-guesses God. Scripture is full of stories of men and women who questioned God. I'm not encouraging us to follow in like-suit. However, when we look at the lives of these fellow doubters we discover that God's faithfulness endures forever.

Consider Joshua, for example. We first read of Joshua in Exodus 17 when Moses chooses Joshua to lead God's people in battle against the Amalekites. No doubting here. Joshua simply "did as Moses told him" (Exodus 17:10). The next time we read about Joshua, he has just surveyed the Promised Land, along with eleven other Israelite leaders. Joshua stands as only one of two people who believed that God would deliver His people into this land which flowed with milk and honey. Though Joshua believed God, the remainder of God's people floundered in unbelief (with exception to Caleb), and Joshua had to wander around the wilderness for 40 years.

After this season of wandering, God calls Joshua to lead His people across the Jordan River. No second-guessing here either. "Joshua arose early the next morning" and set out for the Jordan River (Joshua 3:1). At this point we wonder how Joshua always seems to muster the faith to follow God's marching orders without wavering.

Joshua indeed leads God's people across the Jordan River, defeats the people of Jericho, and begins to occupy the land God promised to His people over 400 years before. But then . . . Joshua's super-human courage in God takes a hit, and like the rest of us, this mighty warrior of faith begins to second-guess his Maker.

Waaaaay back in the book of Exodus God promised His people that if they did things His way, things would always go well for them. Yes, God's people would still endure attacks from their enemy but God promised His people victory. Disregard God's commands, and God would leave His people to their own ways.

Unbeknownst to Joshua, one of his men followed in disobedience against God immediately following the battle of Jericho. Joshua proceeds to lead God's people into yet another battle against one of their enemies but this time, God's people walk--run--away in defeat.

Rather than re-examining his own actions, Joshua immediately begins to second-guess God.

“Oh, Sovereign Lord, why did You bring us across the Jordan River if You are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side!" (Joshua 7:7)

Did you hear it? The sound of second-guessing God? One defeat and Joshua finds himself ready to retreat. Ready to settle for the old and the mundane, back on the "other side" of the Promised Land. Joshua 7:5 tells us that because of this defeat, "the Israelites were paralyzed with fear . . . and their courage [had] melted away."

Has that ever happened to you? It has to me. One defeat and I am ready to abort on all my plans for pursuing God's will for my life. One failure and I assume I heard wrong. One rejection and I find myself packed and ready to retreat back to the "other side" of my Promised Land.

Why are we, like Joshua, so quick to assume that God is going to forsake us?

So, like Joshua, we encounter momentary defeat. We are quick to remember God's promise about "things going well for us." Yet when things fail to go well, we assume God has changed His mind. We chose to believe that God brought us to this place only to take pleasure in our destruction. But those thoughts reek of the enemy.

God takes no pleasure in the destruction of His people (Ezekiel 18:32). God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change his mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? (Numbers 23:19) God has said, "Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5) God promised that things would go well for us IF we did things His way.

As Joshua soon discovers, Israel's temporary defeat had everything to do with their own disobedience and nothing to do with God's failure to uphold His Word (see Joshua 7:10-26).

Our tendency to second-guess God's promises to us reveals how little we know Him. Speaking from experience, we have to know Him in order to trust Him. We come to know Him by studying His Word.

I question whether many of you are still reading what I have inadvertently turned into a dissertation on doubt. But rather than giving up on God at the first sign of defeat, let us pray like David prayed in Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life."

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David - October 12th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Wow that was an awesome word needed to hear this!
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