I am asking God right now what someone out there needs to hear, and the message is loud and clear:
I have not abandoned you!
This isn’t a new concept, is it? After all, the scriptures tell us:“for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6b NIV).
The context of this famous words spoken forth to the Children of Israel by Moses himself just before his death is this: Israel would soon cross the Jordon River and begin to take the Promised Land. That was good news, yes, but there would be challenges. There were many nations already possessing the Promised Land. These nations seemed to have the idea that Canaan was their home, and they would do what any of us would do for our homes: They would fight! Israel already knew there were giants in the land, for this is one of the things that had made them turn away 40 years earlier; and these giants would not be easily defeated. It was an onerous task that they had before them, and they had already turned away once. Moses wants to encourage them to not turn away again, and he assures them: “The Lord will deliver you….” (vs. 5a NIV). He also reminds them of victories the Lord had already given them: “And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land.” (vs. 4 NIV).
What “giant” is in your path at the moment? What “nation” is vying to receive the promises that God has given to you? Is illness standing in the way of His promised joy? Is it loss? Death of a loved one? Of a pet? Financial difficulties? Problems at home? Whatever it is, it is not greater than the giants of Canaan, nor is it stronger than the nations who really didn’t wish for Israel to take over their land! Whatever it is, remember:
1. God has already defeated many “giants” and “nations” in your life. Why not take a few moments and reflect on His miracles of the past?
2. The same God who delivered you last time is still on His throne: “The Lord will deliver you….” (vs. 5a NIV)! He will do to your current circumstances the same thing He did for you in the past!
3. The God who loves you so much that He actually died for you, this sameGod, “…goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Vs. 6b NIV)!
It is interesting that most of this text inDeut. 31 speaks of what the Lord will (or won’t!) do. He will go before you, He will deliver you, He will do to them what He did to past circumstances, He will never leave you nor forsake you…. It’s all about Him! In fact, there is only one tiny thing we are admonished to do:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them….” (Deut. 31:6a NIV).
Our only job is to have courage and stand strong, not allowing any see of fear to enter in.
This sounds hard, but if we truly believe the rest ofDeut. 31:3-6, it actually becomes quite easy!
Bad circumstances getting you down? Put your trust in the One who has been there for you in the past, the One who promises to never leave you or forsake you, the One who promises to fight your battles and deliver you, and then, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them…” (Deut. 31:6a NIV)!
When I wrote the above devotional, I knew in my heart that God intended the message for someone in particular…. Little did I know that the “someone” was actually…me! Join us on Tuesday for the rest of the story….
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, andScriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, withAnswers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.