Lapses Of Faith
We all have them. Children of God can never be defeated by enemies from without. We can only be defeated through our own lapses of faith. Faith in God provides an impenetrable bulwark against any attack. Lapses in our faith provide the enemy with opportunities to defeat us.
Ephesians 6:16: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Even Moses had lapses of faith. He had seen God place the plagues upon Egypt, divide the Red Sea and many other miracles.
Numbers 11:21-23: And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD*S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
Since Moses had lapses of faith we should not be surprised that we have them. The quicker we become aware that our failures and problems have been caused by unbelief the shorter will be their duration. We should be wary always of the great harm our lapses of faith can cause.
Galatians 6:1: Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
1 Corinthians 10:12: Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief. It so dishonours Christ, that He will withdraw His visible presence if we insult Him by indulging it. It is true it is a weed, the seeds of which we can never entirely extract from the soil, but we must aim at its root with zeal and perseverance. Among hateful things it is the most to be abhorred. Its injurious nature is so venomous that he that exerciseth it and he upon whom it is exercised are both hurt thereby. In thy case, O believer! it is most wicked, for the mercies of thy Lord in the past, increase thy guilt in doubting Him now. When thou dost distrust the Lord Jesus, He may well cry out, Behold I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves. This is crowning His head with thorns of the sharpest kind. Jesus has never given the slightest ground for suspicion, and it is hard to be doubted by those to whom our conduct is uniformly affectionate and true. Jesus is the Son of the Highest, and has unbounded wealth; it is shameful to doubt Omnipotence and distrust all-sufficiency. The cattle on a thousand hills will suffice for our most hungry feeding, and the granaries of heaven are not likely to be emptied by our eating. If Christ were only a cistern, we might soon exhaust His fulness, but who can drain a fountain? Myriads of spirits have drawn their supplies from Him, and not one of them has murmured at the scantiness of His resources. Away, then, with this lying traitor unbelief, for his only errand is to cut the bonds of communion and make us mourn an absent Saviour. Bunyan tells us that unbelief has *as many lives as a cat:* if so, let us kill one life now, and continue the work till the whole nine are gone. Down with thee, thou traitor, my heart abhors thee.