A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
February 27 Deuteronomy 31-34
The ending of Deuteronomy includes the provision for Joshua to succeed Moses
, another reading of the Law, the reciting of a song He had written to summarize God’s greatness and grace, Moses’ blessing of the tribes of Israel, and finally his death on Mount Nebo.
Moses accepts God’s decision that he may not enter the Promised Land.
His humility in the face of God’s judgment on his sin is impressive. He identifies his own successor, Joshua, one of the two spies who came back originally from the Land and urged the people to move forward and conquer it in the power of God. As Moses does this, he reassures the people
with a phrase which will become a motto for Joshua, “Be strong and courageous . . . the LORD himself goes before you and will be with you. . . Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
The poignancy of Moses’ words must not be missed.
He encourages God’s people even as he himself must bear the disappointment of not entering the Land toward which he has aimed all his life and his effort all these years. He exudes confidence in God’s goodness, even as he himself is experiencing the reality of God’s discipline.
Moses says something else in chapter 31
which is quoted by the New Testament writer of Hebrews (13:5), and which is restated by God to Joshua (Joshua 1:5):
“[God] will never leave you or forsake you.”
There are real disappointments and discouragements in our lives:
tragedies strike; the unexpected disaster occurs; our sense of security is shaken. Yet God never leaves;
God never walks away from us, either in disgust or disregard. He cares. He cares about each of us.
He cares about each of us always.
Write on one side of a card these words:
God cares. God cares for me. God cares for me today.
God cares for me in everything I experience or face.
On the other side write:
Be strong and courageous. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. He will never leave you or forsake you!
Moses died knowing God had been with him all his life
and would even see him through death. Do you have the same confidence? God’s promises are for each of us, once we put our lives in His hands. Today, make sure you have asked God to be LORD of your life. Then make sure you understand what He promises and that you take Him at His Word!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2012