Dissatisfaction With God Leads to Disaster

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Dissatisfaction

Maybe it is just me, but it seems that people today tend to be dissatisfied with life in general. They may be dissatisfied about the way they look, their weight, their job, their church, their financial situation, their spouse, or the way their children behave. This dissatisfaction usually flows over into our relationship with God. The psalmist shares with us six reasons we become dissatisfied with our relationship with God (vv. 1-22). Below you will find four of these reasons:

  1. We become dissatisfied with God when we try to hide the wonderful works of the Lord. We are to “tell the generation to come the praises of the Lord and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done” (v. 4). The Psalmist is saying that God has done no wrong. Then the problem must lie within me.
  2. We become dissatisfied with God when He pushes us further than we want to go. “The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle” (v. 9). They were saying, “God you are pushing us further than we want to go spiritually. I don’t mind praying for you, but fighting a battle for you is a different thing.”
  3. We become dissatisfied with God when our life becomes a disaster through our own disobedience. “They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in His law” (v. 10). We want to blame God for our mess when the fact is we were not living like we should be living and that is what caused our mess.
  4. We become dissatisfied with God when it seems that we are not getting any assistance from Him. “And they forgot His works, and His wonders that He had shown them” (v. 11). There are times when I have to remember the things God has brought me through because right now I am in a mess and God doesn’t seem to be around. If I cannot remember what He has done I will become dissatisfied with Him when things get rough.

Application

God is telling you and me that He desires a satisfying relationship between Him and us. If I don’t have that type of relationship it is my problem. Will I allow the Holy Spirit to work in my life?

Psalms 78:1-16 (English Standard Version)

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God. The Ephraimites, armed with the bow, turned back on the day of battle. They did not keep God's covenant, but refused to walk according to his law. They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them. In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan. He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap. In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a fiery light. He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. He made streams come out of the rock and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

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