The purpose of believers is to praise God. We do a poor job of it. In fact, we are guilty of tempting and limiting God.
We grumble, rebel, complain, allow ourselves defeat by our enemies, and sometimes even place ourselves in a condition of utter disgrace. As a result, we who are meant for such different things, are often found in this miserable, unhappy, and defeated state.
The Psalmist accused the Israelites of the same as he wrote:
Yes, again and again they tempted God,
And limited the Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 78:41. The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.
It applies to us as well. We are guilty of limiting God. In our failure to receive His promises, believe them, and act upon them, we prevent the many blessings God offers and promises us so freely.
So, what things should be genuine and evident in the lives of believers?
- Salvation is assured.
- Delight in God and His Commandments.
- Rest in Him and His Sufficiency