Scripture Read: Deuteronomy 1 - 2
Title: Moses Reminds Israel of God's Faithfulness
(H) Highlight verse: "Then I said to you, 'Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.'" Deut. 1:29 - 31
(E) Explain: In the first few chapters of Deuteronomy Moses spends a great deal of time reminding and in some ways re-convincing Israel of God's faithfulness. He uses examples of how God moved among them in the wilderness. He talked about how he gave them victory when they were faithful to him and he allowed defeat when they were disobedient. He also reminds them of the consequences of their unbelief when Caleb and Joshua told the Israelites to go to Canaan. Nobody over the age of twenty (at the time of the scouting out of Canaan) will enter the promised land, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb.
(A) Application: Sometimes we need reminding of God's faithfulness. There are many ways for us to be reminded. We can read the stories in the Bible to see his faithfulness. We can recount our own personal stories of when God showed his faithfulness to us. We can hear the stories of others as they share God's faithfulness to them. God can remind us through prayer and reflection. The main thing that we should know and be continually reminded is that GOD IS FAITHFUL. Take some time today and reflect how God has been faithful in your life to day.
(R) Respond: I will live today remembering God's faithfulness. There are times when I doubt and/or forget this, but I will live today in assurance of His faithfulness.
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
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