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In both the Old Testament and the New Testament readings below, we witness people who fail to trust in God, who turn away and we see the consequences.

The people of Israel refuse to go into the promised land because they are frightened that the inhabitants will destroy them. All but two of the scouts are destroyed. The two who remain had tried to convince the people to listen to God and follow the instructions given by Him to Moses.

Their lack of trust resulted in the people remaining in the wilderness for another 40 years, during which those over 20 years of age would perish and never see the Promised Land.

Jesus is being interrogated by the High Council which is seeking out anyone who will bear false witness to condemn their prisoner.

Peter is nearby. When he is challenged about his relationship with Jesus, he denies all knowledge in order to save his own skin. In spite of all the miracles and teaching he has received during Jesus’ three years of ministry, he loses all trust and faith when the going gets tough.

How do we respond when we are challenged in our faith by our families, friends, work colleagues and perhaps even those with whom we worship? How do we react when a loved one dies before their time, or a child contracts an awful disease?

Do we remember all we have seen and heard and put our trust and faith completely in Jesus! Or do we deny him and try to resolve our problems in our own strength?

I can tell you from my own experience, that when I put problems at the foot of the cross and leave Jesus to carry my burden, things always work out, although not always in the way I expected! So, have faith especially in tough times and God will restore you.

Scripture: Numbers 14:1-15:16; Mark 14:53-72; Psalm 53:1-6; Proverbs 11:4

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