They Lacked Confidence, They Didn’t Trust God, and They Didn’t Believe It Existed

“Mom, I just don’t get it!”

My 6-year-old old was dumbfounded. She just didn’t understand. It didn’t make sense to her.

“Mom, why would God’s people leave Egypt to go to the Promised Land and then want to go back? Why would they go forward and then want to go backwards?”

I looked at her innocent face, “Great question, sweetie. Let’s think about it. What would make God’s people want to turn back?”


Oh my child, what a loaded question.

It was morning devotional time with the kids. And just when I thought we finished, she goes and asks a question like that.

Why do we get all excited to leave our Egypt and go to the Promised Land, only to get midway and lose sight of the promise?

I looked at my children, “Okay, why do you think they wanted to go back?”

Their answers provided a lively morning discussion, one that spoke to me in more ways than they understand.

  1. They didn’t think they could make it.
  2. They didn’t trust God.
  3. They didn’t believe there was a Promised Land.

Can we stop here today?

Because we’ve set off on a journey and there’s no turning back now. And while we are preparing Life Goals, Life Plans and the like, we must address a few things:


If we’re ever going to walk the Land God has given us, we must know who we are in Christ. Lacking confidence is not an option. Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created mankind in His own image and likeness. You, my friend, are “God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. You have been “fearfully and wonderfully made”. You can do “all things through Christ who strengthens” you. God loves you “with an everlasting love”. And absolutely nothing can separate you from the love of God. You have been approved.

So the next time the enemy tries to tell you any different, remind him what God says about you.

(*Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139:14, Philippians 4:13, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Thessalonians 2:4)


God carried His people out of Egypt. He took them through dry land when He parted the Red Sea. He destroyed the Egyptians who came chasing after them. God fed the Israelites manna and quail. He gave them water to quench their thirst. He led them as a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.

What else did God need to do to prove Himself faithful and trustworthy?

Miracle after miracle and still the people did not trust God.

Miracle after miracle and still we waver and doubt. What else does God need to do that we’d believe. He’s already done it all. He already paid the maximum price on Calvary. He gave up His Son, Jesus Christ. And on the 3rd day Jesus resurrected that we’d have eternal life with Him. What more do we want?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths, (Proverbs 3:5-6).

I know what it looks like… but can you trust God with this journey?


When my 6-year old gave her answer as to why she thought they wanted to go back to Egypt, I knew God was speaking through babes, “They didn’t believe there was a promised land.”

You’ve been there right? You feel led by God. Then halfway through your journey you encounter some obstacle and the enemy finds the opportune moment to whisper into your ear, “Did God really say…?

Confusion steps in, and we begin to even doubt we heard God at all. Perhaps there is no Promised Land. Perhaps this journey is in vain. Did God really say…?

My friend, without faith it is impossible to please God. If we’re going to move forward we must have faith. We must believe God when He says, “my word that goes out from my mouth, it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”.

You may not know what the Promised Land looks like, but if God said it exists then that settles it. It exists!

(*Hebrews 11:6, Isaiah 55:11)

Question: As you walk {In Pursuit} of the abundant life God has for you, do you know your identity, do you trust God is faithful, and do you have faith that what He said will come to pass? Leave me a comment below, or on my Facebook page, letting me know where you are.

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Posted on June 12, 2013, in 2013 {Live Life Fully Committed} Challenge, DEVOTIONALS, LIFE, LIFE GOALS, LIFE LESSONS, SPIRITUAL GROWTH and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. We have all returned to our Egypt at one point or another. Great post

    • I agree, Angie. I love though, how God matures us and we begin to ask questions like the ones my children asks. Simple observations, yet we adults complicate things…. why go back when we were going forward.
      I’ll tell ya’, parenting has been one of the greatest tools God’s used to speak into me. How about you?

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