Hebrews 4:2 NKJV “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it”
Israel had received the Word preached by Moses that they will be taken to Canaan (the Promised Land), however a whole generation of people failed to enter because they were not walking in faith (Exo.3:8). Hebrews 11:6 reveals that without faith it is impossible to please God. The people who failed to obtain the promise certainly did not please God with their attitude. They murmured and complained every step of the way (Num.11:1,5; 14:2). They always wanted God to demonstrate something in their lives, rather than just trust in the security of God’s Word. That’s just like the life of many Christians today. The Word of faith has been wrongfully surmised to mean confess the Word and let God demonstrate something in your life.
What many fail to realize is that beyond performing a daily miracle, God is more interested and pleased by your complete trust, confidence and adherence to His promised Word. The people of Israel that failed to enter the Promised Land saw God perform miracle upon miracle, yet they were not able to believe that God would take them into the land promised. They saw the Red Seas part, crossing over on dry land, they were fed with manna from heaven, their feet did not swell, neither did their clothes grow old. They drank water from the rock, they were fed with meat in the middle of nowhere, yet they did not believe the promised Word (Ps.105). Moses on the other hand is said to have known the ways, while Israel knew His acts (Ps.103:7).
The point is this; miracles are not a problem for God, it’s our faith and dependence on Him that pleases. Faith is a lifestyle. It requires a deep understanding of God and His Word, which translates into to knowledge of how God operates. There are no limits, with faith the confidence is there that God will perform in accordance with His Word no matter how long it takes! Remember Abraham waited 25 years for the promise, and he is named to be the father of our faith (Rom.4:16-23). Not that your promise will take 25 years, but when you have learned to trust God and His irrespective of how long it takes, you have learned the life of faith.
Scriptures to Meditate: Prov.3:5; 30:5, Ps.22:4; 37:5; 91:2 1Tim.4:10