In this scripture from Deuteronomy Moses is giving the people one last pep talk before entering the promise land. As he reminded them of their past journey and the things they did wrong or right and what God did for them he adds this little note. The note telling them once again that the Lord is the one who goes before them. It is the Lord that will be with them throughout their future adventures. He told them that God would not leave them nor forsake them and that they did not need to be afraid or dismayed.
When you look at it, this pep talk is not only for the Israelites traveling into the Promise land but it is for us as well. It would do us good to remember that God goes before us but never too far ahead that He isn’t still with us always. He promises us that He will never leave us nor forsake us and that is great traveling words. It beats the traveling promises we get when we sign up for a cruise or something.
When we travel with God we don’t need to be afraid or dismayed. In spite of the lies Satan tries to tell us to be scared we need to stand up to these false accusations using the promises of God as our map to our next destination. It will make our journey better and the end results more pleasant.
It will do so because too often when we give in to fear we always run away from something we should be confronting. Another promise to pull out to use as our map is the one found in 2 Timothy 1:7. Here God tells us He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Oh really? That’s not what it feels like sometimes.
Somewhere along the line we have gotten mixed up the things in life we should be afraid of. Instead of being afraid of high places, water, elevators, bridges, spiders, mice, or whatever else we are afraid of we need to stand up to those fears and abandon them. Sadly enough the one fear that needs to stay, the fear of God, seems to be the first one we have abandoned all together without any help from any psychiatrist, counselor, or advisor.
Praise the Lord God has not abandoned us that He continues to go before us. It would do us well to remember this pep talk as we travel forward towards our Promise Land. For when the road forks and the only destinations left are Heaven or hell we need to be on the one that leads us to where God has gone before us. The place He’s prepared for the arrival of those willing to believe He would never leave them nor forsake them. That all along He was always with them.
Wow, what a pep talk! Wow, what a journey!
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