Rebellion comes from a wrong view of God. All the troubles of mankind can be traced to this one thing: a skewed understanding of who God really is. In the Garden of Eden our first father rebelled against God by taking of the forbidden fruit because the Serpent said, “Did God really say?” He inspired doubt in Eve and in turn she fed it to Adam. Once they believed God was possibly withholding something from them they disobeyed.
In the book of Deuteronomy we find a similar instance as the Children of Israel stood on the border to the Promised Land. The heads of each tribe came to Moses with the idea to send in spies to check out the land and Moses agreed it was a good idea. When they returned with a mixed report saying, “It is a good land which the Lord our God is about to give us.” They weren’t willing to go in because there were giants also. I want you to notice what Moses said to them he said, “Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God; and you grumbled in your tents and said, Because the Lord hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us” (Deuteronomy 1:25-27). Did you catch that? The Children of Israel had the wrong viewpoint of God, they thought He hated them, so they rebelled.
When I was a child I went to church all the time with my dad and sisters but my understanding at the time was God was a giant Fun-sucker! I’m not saying He was or is, I’m just saying my viewpoint at that time in my life was that God was a demanding, rule-making, nit-picking, no fun having God. All I heard was boys aren’t supposed to have long hair, you shouldn’t listen to that kind of music, etc. I had a wrong impression of who God was, and what He was all about, therefore I rebelled. Don’t misunderstand me, the people in that church didn’t necessarily teach God was that way but it was what was translated through my young ears at the time.
So, like the Children of Israel, I didn’t enter into what God had promised either. Instead I set out to have fun. When I say fun, I mean once I was old enough to drive, as far as church goes, I was out of there! So I spent approximately the next fifteen years of my life partying and enjoying the pleasures of the flesh with the best of them. I never gave God or church any real thought until my world finally caved in and He seemed to be the only one I could turn to. Isn’t it funny how even though I had always seen God as a fun-sucker once the fun had run out of the fleshy life I was ready to give Him a try. I have shared my story several times in this blog so I’m not going to rehash it here. What I wanted to share today is how important it is to have the correct view of God.
One could make the argument that one of the main reasons Jesus, God in the flesh, came here was to reveal God’s true nature to us. Without Him coming to us in the flesh we would probably continue to rebel because we would still think He hated us. This is why the believer is instructed throughout the scriptures to look to Jesus. When we look to Jesus we see who God really is. Although life may throw all sorts of troubling things our way, we can face them with confidence when we understand how much God loves us. He loves us so much He sent His only begotten Son to die our death in order for us to receive everlasting life. Only a God who loves us would do such a thing, right? I encourage you today to get into the Word and discover who God really is apart from all of what you’ve thought and heard in the past. I’m sure as you look to Jesus you, like I, will start to see Him clearer and learn to trust Him more and more. It is only when we trust Him that we begin to walk in all He has promised.