Words of Faith

Have you ever thought about what if God did the very things you said? That could be good, or it could be trouble. What if every time you asked God to damn something it happened? Would hell be full of your tools? Would your car be down there melted into a puddle? That might seem kind of foolish but that is exactly what He did to the Israelites! He didn’t melt them into a puddle, but He did deny them access into the promised land. The children of Israel had been complaining ever since they left Egypt. They complained about not having water, they complained about not having meat to eat. They complained that enemies might attack them, and, then, they complained about entering the promised land. God got tired of hearing it, so He said, “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do the very things I heard you say” (Numbers 14:27-28) They spent the next forty years wandering in the desert until that entire generation died.

Thankfully, God doesn’t send all our stuff into the lake of fire but that doesn’t mean we should be frivolous with our speech. God permits our words to have power. He said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). The Israelites chose the desert over the land flowing with milk and honey. Caleb and Joshua alone entered because they spoke words of faith. They said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Numbers 13:30).

When we grumble and complain, we get more to grumble and complain about. It’s like living in the desert. Day after day there’s nothing to look forward to. But, when we “let your conversation be always full of grace,” (Colossians 4:6) our lives become filled with the good things God desires for us.

God is ready and able to give us what we say so why not let it be words of faith? “As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do the very things I heard you say.” There is opportunity in those words. Your choice: milk and honey or sand.




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