Criminal Unbelief and Perfect Hatred

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Recently I was reading one author’s account of the Israelites journey through the wilderness and we all know how disobedient and stubborn the Israelites were although they had so much evidence of God’s might and power. The author called the distrust of the Israelites Criminal Unbelief. Wow! I thought, Criminal Unbelief is such a harsh way to describe their behavior, but is it? Actually when you think about it, it is a very mild description. After God had performed such grand displays of power for their deliverance from a tyrant oppressor what else could their actions be but Criminal Unbelief. Even if an inkling of doubt about the power of God to deliver still remained after the ten plagues surely the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea should have given them ample faith to glean from when future hardships and obstacles came in their path. Yet that never stopped the Israelites from complaining and murmuring against God and His chosen servant Moses as soon as they encountered even one iota of discomfort on their journey to the promise land.

However, wait a minute! Aren’t we just like the Israelites? Hasn’t our belief been criminal many, many times. I can testify to this. God has displayed His power and awe many times in my life and instead of falling down and worshipping like King Jehoshaphat when trouble comes I sit and display Criminal Unbelief just like the Israelites by opening my fat mouth to murmur and complain. How quickly I have forgotten all the grandeur of God’s deliverance in my life.

So you might be thinking what does Criminal Unbelief have to do with Perfect Hatred. In Psalms 139:22 King David said:

“I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.”

Here David is talking about those that hate God, David says in verse 21:

“Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?”

Unbelief is an enemy of God and those who practice it are befriending God’s enemy. Like King David we are to display Perfect Hatred to everything that is an enemy of Christ and that includes Unbelief. To sympathize with this enemy of God is to be a traitor in the camp of the Lord and in no uncertain terms a friend of satan. He is the one who tempts us to baby and caress and nurture Unbelief into our life and into our hearts. By doing this we become an enemy of the cross, an enemy of Jesus Christ. Unbelief separates us from God and cancels His ability to work mightily in our lives. It forms a wedge between us and our Creator. It stops us from receiving all His wonderful works that He wants to show towards us. This is the plan of the enemy as He encourages us to wobble in Unbelief. He wants us not to receive the many blessings God wants to bestow upon us. He wants our life to be hard – just like how Unbelief caused the Israelites to wander in the desert for forty years and made life much harder for them. If they had only trusted God they would have been in the promised land in no time and reaping all the blessings and luxuries that land had to offer. Woe to us who cherish Unbelief in our Redeemer. We are just like the Israelites. Let us choose today to be like King Jehoshaphat and trust God instead of harboring Criminal Unbelief.

*** All Bible texts quoted above are from the King James Version, unless referenced differently.
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