“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
The Lord God knows our frame. He knows people get afraid and this is the reason why God repeatedly reminds us in the Bible do not be afraid. Christmas time is a joyful season of the year. Even in the midst of the joy of the Christmas, fear, and worry are gripping in the hearts and minds of many people around the globe. Like darkness does not like light, the fear/worry is opposite to pure joy and gladness.
We know even in this Christmas season; many are afraid of health condition and loneliness. Many lost their dear ones and frightened to face another joyful occasion without their dear ones.
The Children of Israel were gripped with fear when they thought about the task in front of them. The need to walk in faith and conquer the promised land of Canaan. They failed once before in walking to the promised land in faith. (Numbers 13). Now God is giving another opportunity to walk in faith to cross over to the promised land. However, there is a difference this time. The tower charismatic, the spiritual giant of faith – Moses – is not going to be with them to help them cross over. Are we going to fail again?
They may have felt inadequate for the task ahead of them. The work ahead and the absence of the strong leader could weigh them down. However, the truth is this – the mission is not theirs when you think about it. It is God’s. He is the Lord who called them out of Egypt to go to the promised land and gave them wonderful promises. He is capable of handling all issues in front of them. This is the background of today’s Bible insight. It says, “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” (MSG).
Beloved, You do not give them a second thought. Why? God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He is right there with you. Then the beautiful promises emerge. “He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
People around you would let you down and leave you. But not your loving Lord. He will not let you down; He won’t leave you. He is not the one who walks away from you when worries, fear, and sorrow grip your hearts.
The promise is repeated Lord verse 38. “God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.” (MSG).
You can bank on the promises of God. He said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35).
Beloved, God a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I believe in your promise that you would not let me down and leave me. All may leave me, but you will not. I believe in your promises. One day I will even face death. Even there you will be with me. You will charge your angels to carry me to your presence because Jesus paid for all of my sins. I believe Jesus died in my place for all of my sins. I accept Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.”