I can't seem to get away from the testimonial these days. But I can say that I am glad mine is finished for the purposes of this blog anyway. I have learned throughout the past week that it is harder for me to assemble thoughts about my own life than to comment on the lives of those bible characters. Hmmm...what does that say about me? Anyway, to all of my fellow bloggers out there that share their stories day in and day out, I commend you.
I'm back in Deuteronomy now and through the first four chapters we see Moses give a historical summary of Israel's recent past. As I've just done with you here in sharing some of my history, I believe this kind of exercise is a very helpful one to go through periodically. To get where we are going, we must know from where we have come so we can be more acutely aware of the history we do not want to repeat. Most importantly, remembering how God has gotten is through trying times before gives us assurance that He will come through for us again.
A lot of passages stood out to me in Deuteronomy 1-4, which I shall share briefly here:
1) Deut. 2:7 For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing. (NKJV)
How many times do we forget that God has been with us, feast or famine, wilderness or green pastures? God forgives our failings and never forsakes us. Remember, that the Israelites had not been the perfect "children".
2) Deut 3:21-22 "And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, 'Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you. '" (NKJV)
Joshua was afraid but still willing to go forward into the promised land. If we remember that we are not fighting our battles alone and that God has given us His power supply, we will have no reason to fear.
3) Deut 4:7 For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?
God is here for us just as He was for the nation of Israel. We may call on our Creator for whatever reason. Oh, how incredibly priviledged we are as sons and daughters of the King.
What wonderful promises God has for us in His word if we only just look through its pages. I'm so looking forward to being back posting about my passion. In conclusion, I'll leave you with this great short summary of who God was in his heart for Israel. It is long, but worth the read. As you read it, pretend that Moses is speaking directly to you.
Deuteronomy 4:32 “For ask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether any great thing like this has happened, or anything like it has been heard. 33 Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? 34 Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
35 To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him. 36 Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. 37 And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power, 38 driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day.
39 Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. 40 You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.” (NKJV)