Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief. (Hebrews 3:12)
The Bible tells about man’s being alienated from and an enemy to God. Should this sound harsh or extreme you have only to imagine your closest friend coming to you and stating in cold seriousness that he no longer has any confidence in you.
“I do not trust you. I have lost confidence in your character. I am forced to suspect every move you make”—such a declaration would instantly alienate friends by destroying the foundation upon which every friendship is built. Until your former friend’s opinion of you had been reversed there could be no further communion.
People do not go boldly to God and profess that they have no confidence in Him and they usually do not witness publicly to their low view of God. The frightful thing, however, is that people everywhere act out their unbelief with a consistency that is more convincing than words.
Christianity provides a way back from this place of unbelief and alienation: “He that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” God took the wrong upon Himself in order that the one who committed the wrong might be saved!