Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
Ps 78:41 KJV
There are interesting parallels between the experiences of the children of Israel in their journeys from Egypt to the land of promise and that of the believer in Christ Jesus from the time he becomes saved till the times he enters into the fullness of his inheritance in Christ.
Just like so many of the Children of Israel failed to enter into their inheritance because of their unbelief so many of God’s children today fail to do so for the same reason
The scripture reference says the Children of Israel did 3 sad things, firstly they turned back, then they tempted or tested God finally they limited Him. You know that they never physically turned back to Egypt but when they came to a difficult place they began to complain and grumble and in their hearts they began to feel that the slavery and rigor of Egypt was a better option that fighting the fight of faith on their way to God’s best for them.
How many times have we felt that way, we begin to remember the former days, the ease at which we crookedly got things done before we knew the right way to go, we complain and grumble, God, why now? We ask but if truth be told, we are going back in our hearts.
Contrast that with the giants of faith, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of whom it was written,
And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
Heb 11:15 NKJV
These worthy pilgrims never looked back, they were not perfect but they knew better than look back, regrets were not a part of their way, they had no doubts about the God they had put their faith in because they knew Him, the one reason why people turn back in their hearts is that they knew and saw the acts of God but never sought to know the God of the acts. Those that know their God shall be strong and do exploits.
Turning back has grievous implications , firstly it provokes God to anger, God was rightly angered by the Jews, providing salvation for them was no mean deal, they saw his many great deeds, they were beneficiaries of many gracious acts in their journey in the wilderness, why would they feel him inadequate to fulfill his good word to them. For tempting him in such a manner God swore that they would not enter in His rest. Many believers are wandering about in their wildernesses unaware that this is the result of a spirit of unbelief. God is faithful, we just have to believe.
What has the end result of the turning back of the Children of Israel? It says they limited God. Is it possible to limit God? To tie the hands of the Almighty?, to render him unable to fulfill His word? Sadly yes it is.
Look at this example in the New Testament
Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.
Mark 6:5-6 NKJV
Are you limiting God? Are you tying the hands of the Almighty ? It is time to untie His hands; it starts by developing firm conviction in your heart of the faithfulness of God and His ability to do all that He has said, change your heart , don’t try to figure out what God can or cannot do, Just believe. Some people have educated God out of their lives, they imagine they have to be able to understand and rationalize everything before they believe.
What a tragedy! The Children of Israel had the same problem, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? The Canaanites are bigger than us, we don’t have the skills or weapons to defeat them. They were ready to go back where they were coming from. Don’t you make that mistake, don’t you limit God.
If God has said it, then believe it, confess it and act on it. This is the secret to the testimonies of the giants of faith; this is how you enter into your inheritance in Christ. You can have victory over sin, satan, sickness, fear, and poverty, these are the giants you must conquer on your way to your personal land flowing with milk and honey.
You will get there!