Good evening Y’all. Welcome back 🙂
Today we begin our study on the book of Deuteronomy. I’m excited to see all that God through the Holy Spirit will teach us in this book 🙂
I’m going to share two lessons that I learnt from today’s chapter.
Be blessed 🙂
1.) Trust and obedience–
“But the people refused to go in and rebelled against the Lord’s command. “They murmured and complained in their tents and said, ‘The Lord must hate us, bringing us here from Egypt to be slaughtered by these Amorites. What are we getting into? Our brothers who spied out the land have frightened us with their report. They say that the people of the land are tall and powerful, and that the walls of their cities rise high into the sky! They have even seen giants there—the descendants of the Anakim!’ “But I said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid! The Lord God is your leader, and he will fight for you with his mighty miracles, just as you saw him do in Egypt. And you know how he has cared for you again and again here in the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child!’ But nothing I said did any good.“They refused to believe the Lord our God” (Deut 1: 26-32 TLB)
The Israelite’s had seen God do wonders for them but when it came to obeying and going into the promised land to possess it, they just couldn’t trust God enough to see them through. Instead they chose to believe the report of the spies who said the land was too difficult to conquer. Notice God had already given them the land – it was already theirs. All they needed to do was to get up, go into the land with God leading them and drive out the inhabitants, but they were afraid and didn’t trust God.
Do we believe God’s promises or would we rather believe what someone else has told us about our situation? Trust and obedience work hand in hand. We can’t say we trust God when we don’t obey His instructions. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. If He has done it before, He can do it again.
Lets take God at His word and trust Him to fulfill what He has promised. Numbers 2:19 tells us God is not a man that He would lie, if He has said it, He surely will do it.
2) Pride and Self Reliance –
In verse 41- 46, when the children of Israel realized they had upset God with their disobedience, they decided to go fight for the land. Moses told them not to go because God wasn’t with them.
“You spoke up, “We’ve sinned against God. We’ll go up and fight, following all the orders that God, our God, has commanded.” You took your weapons and dressed for battle—you thought it would be so easy going into those hills! But God told me, “Tell them, ‘Don’t do it; don’t go up to fight—I’m not with you in this. Your enemies will waste you.’” I told you but you wouldn’t listen. You rebelled at the plain word of God. You threw out your chests and strutted into the hills. And those Amorites, who had lived in those hills all their lives, swarmed all over you like a hive of bees, chasing you from Seir all the way to Hormah, a stinging defeat. You came back and wept in the presence of God, but he didn’t pay a bit of attention to you; God didn’t give you the time of day. You stayed there in Kadesh a long time, about as long as you had stayed there earlier.”(Deut 1:41-46 MSG)
Again they disobeyed, they thought they were strong enough to fight the Amorites. They were very quick to forget it had been God all along helping them win their previous battles. This time they decided to rely on their own strength. Needless to say they lost the battle and many of them were killed.
Are we relying on God or on our own strength? Jeremiah 17:5 tells us that “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD”.
I pray God will give us the grace to trust Him wholeheartedly and to continually rely on Him. Amen.
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Have a blessed evening 🙂