March 13

Numbers 19:1-20:29; Luke 1:1-25; Psalm 56:1-13; Proverbs 11:8

The persecution of others can take a toll on you if you are not careful. Persecution is a subtle pressure that comes from people to challenge you for the position you hold or the favor you possess. Either way, if we are not careful, we will give into that pressure and act in a way that shows unbelief in God.

Moses did just that. He had faithfully led Israel and he saw some amazing events take place. He had weathered a lot of criticism and in a rash moment, he disobeyed God. As a result, he lost it all! Everything he had lived for was denied him. Though God would allow him to see the Promised Land, he would not enter in. Unbelief is dangerous.

In a similar manner, without the persecution, Zechariah demonstrates unbelief to God. Zechariah was the Father of John the Baptist but he could not believe what God promised was possible. He was struck with silence until the birth of his son.

You will face pressure to doubt God. It may come from external pressure or your own internal fears. Either way, dismiss doubt and keep trusting God. Take Him at His Word because God always backs up His Word. It may seem impossible but its not! Keep on trusting.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 21:1-22:20; Luke 1:26-56; Psalm 57:1-11; Proverbs 11:9-11