Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bible in 90 Days - Day 13

Today's reading covered Numbers 33 through Deuteronomy 7.

Moses wrote:

Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes: And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place. Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God
Deuteronomy 1:29-32.

God had directed the Israelites to proceed into Canaan. God promised to do all the work for them. He was going to slowly chase the Canaanites out of Canaan and give the land over to the Israelites as they were able to inhabit it. But the people took one look at the walled cities and the tall men and fled for their lives. They forgot how God had led them in the past and thus lost faith that God would lead them in the future. I pray that I will never forget.

There was also a great promise in today's chapters.

But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them
Deuteronomy 4:29-31.

This promise comes immediately after Moses tells the people that they will go a-whoring after other gods. They will leave their God and worship idols. But God promised them that if they returned to Him, if they obeyed His commands, He would have mercy on them.

I can claim this promise today. Even though I've made mistakes in the past, if I return to God and obey His commands, He will have mercy on me. My God is a merciful God.

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