December 20, 2015     Volume 1, Issue 009


And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. – Heb 3:18-19

Some lost their place in history, though it was graciously provided for them.

There is no life for you without God, neither is there a place for you outside His plan. We look forward to the future: who to become; where to be; what to do and what to have, simply because of His good masterplan for us. Life is therefore to be lived according to that masterplan. Anything aside from and below the plan preordained is out of the place allotted. The concern here is why people miss their place in the plan of God.

From Num. 26:65, there is only one reason given: The Lord said they shall surely die in the wilderness; and from Heb. 3:18, He swore that they shall not enter into His rest. How could God say they shall not, when it was He who graciously had them who were unworthy in His good plan in the first place. Well, He could disqualify people from His plan, but not without reason. He declared that they shall not because they rebelled and disobeyed – Heb. 3:17.

Rebellion is an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler; it is an act or process of resisting authority, control or convention. The people must have strongly resisted the rule, authority and control of God over their lives. God’s means of rule; authority and control is His word. Submitting and yielding to His rule is to His word. Rebellion and disobedience, on a closer look, are quite synonymous. In disobedience, authority is declined for personal option.

Another problem pointed out in Heb. 3:19 is the unbelief of the people. Unbelief is the inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real. Inability is subtle while refusal is more real since belief and unbelief are options. We think it takes more from us to believe than to disbelieve. The problem is that there is a more natural disposition to one of the options and the need to train the mind for the other option. That it is situationally easier to believe a lie does not make it a better option to the truth. Belief and unbelief are options just like the familiar and the unfamiliar; native and foreign; death and life. Inability to believe God’s word is not an excuse, as it still has the opportunity to hear the word.

How does unbelief get so rooted to successfully deflect someone? Unbelief hears the word as God makes sure that His word goes to its object for whatever reason. The word is sent forth by God to produce faith in the hearers. The problem with unbelief is that it refuses to mix the word with faith (conviction, assurance, persuasion) in the heart – Heb. 4:2. It sustains that position by hardening the heart in rebellion – Heb. 3:7-9. Rebellion is a revolt against God (the word) and instead of trust tries and tests God. Since unbelief refuses to use God’s word it fails to know God’s ways and strays always in the heart –  Heb. 3:10. Its departure or straying from God is sustained by the seduction of sin.

We see that those with the good plan earmarked for them lost their place, summarily because of their unbelief. So, it is a possibility to lose one’s place. When we get to heaven, there will be a screen play of songs never composed; souls not won; power of God not expressed; roles not played; status not appropriated; kingdoms not conquered; battles not won; exploits not done. There will be no excuse on that day. As from the example of this people’s experience, those concerned will know because God spoke to them about it; some even came close as to see it vividly; but “… we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Heb 3:19.

Losing one’s place is not an inevitable possibility as it can be avoided. You can avoid losing your place by fearing so as not to miss the promise; you can do it by deferring to God in reverential obedience.

The emphasis here is that God has a good place/land/plan for you. Make it your utmost pursuit to not lose it after the example of unbelief from the people who perished in the wilderness.