“And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the Lord hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us…” (Deut. 1:27).
The enemy can take what is right and pervert it by taking the meaning of what is supposed to be and removing its essential part(s). He does this to our perception of Who God really is to us and how He truly feels about us. In this verse, the children of Israel took the adversity they were experiencing as sign to describe what they perceived were God’s true feelings about them. They believed God hated them because they were in the wilderness and the land around them did not appear to be too promising. They misunderstood the purpose of God’s plan of how they were to approach their conquest of the promised land, and subsequently, resisted Him through their murmuring and disobedience. The end result: they were denied access to the Promised Land.
In modern times, why is it so easy to see all of the chaos and destruction around us, but as believers, it is so difficult for us to see the hand of God at work in the midst of it all? We often allow the enemy to twist the truth of God’s Word to us and we believe what we hear because of what we can physically see instead of continuing to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). Falling victim to the enemy’s lies has caused many believers in the past to forfeit the life God intended for them, and it still continues to antagonize and incapacitate the Body of Christ to this day. We must elect to surrender our complete being to the authority of God’s Word and trust Him even when the odds appear to be against us. If and when we do, we will see the “now, not yet” victory working out in our lives.