“You complained in your tents and said, ‘The Lord must hate us. That’s why he has brought us here from Egypt—to hand us over to the Amorites to be slaughtered'” (Deuteronomy 1.27 NLT).
It is obvious when people do not know the character of God. They call God unjust and cruel, and they say He’s a tyrant who mistreats His people. Much like the 1-talent servant in Jesus’ parable who accused his master of being a “harsh” man (Matthew 25.24-25 NLT), people use this misconception of God to bury their gifts and talents. They have not allowed themselves to freely receive and embrace God’s love, favor and grace; so they fear making the tiniest mistakes which paralyzes them from walking in confidence by faith. However, God never asked us to be perfect. In fact, He knows we can’t! That is why He sent His perfect son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Although we will never be perfect, we can be faithful–faithful to use the gifts and talents He gave us as we obediently follow His will. The people of Israel falsely accused God of hating them and leading them on a journey that would end in their ruin. But that was not true! God led them away from slavery, protected them in the wilderness and prepared them for their Promise Land. He adored His people and performed many miracles on their behalf. If we firmly hold onto the truth that God is for us (Romans 8.31) and desires the best for us (John 10.10), we would stop complaining and boldly use our gifts and talents to fulfill our purpose and unlock His promises.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29.11 NIV).