There are two kinds of people we deal with on a daily basis: positive and negative. Positive people have an amazing ability to see redeemable points even in the most horrendous situations while others no matter how bright the day or cool the breeze, they are unable to offer a constructive critique. Be warned and avoid these naysayers at all costs as they have power to impede your progress and alter your fate. Let’s look at Israel for example.
God sent Moses to Pharaoh to release the Israelites and fulfill the promise of Abraham’s descendants inheriting a prosperous land. After the big Egyptian showdown between God and Pharaoh, the people were set free and off they went into the wilderness. God’s GPS instructions did not provide them a direct route as they needed to learn how to trust God when it was “tight and right.” They knew him as the One who performed great wonders, but they needed to trust him to provide some fish and cornbread in the middle of the desert.
When faced with insurmountable circumstances, instead of having faith, the negativism began. They murmured and complained, were hopeless, sought after signs, ungrateful, insecure, and unbelieving.
And the people murmured against Moses saying, “What shall we drink?” (1)
“Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt.”(2)
“The people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us…” (3)
“Who shall give us flesh to eat…[b]ut now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all beside this manna before our eyes.” (4)
“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (5)
“Let us make a captain and let us return into Egypt.” (6)
Apparently after so much of this unbelief God was fit to be tied (Numbers 14:22-23). Their negative sphere of influence was so pervasive that instead of immediate possession of Canaan, they received a 40 year death sentence. They did not enter into the promise because of unbelief. Beware of negative persuasion.
1. Exodus 15:24
2. Exodus 16:3
3. Exodus 32:1
4. Numbers 11:4,6
5. Numbers 13:33
6. Numbers 14