Do you worry about the future?
Do you find yourself imagining what-if or thinking I can’t?
I’ve been trying to imagine what it must have been like for the wilderness wanderers as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. 40 years earlier their parents had planted seeds of doubt and fear of the things they’d seen on the other side of the Jordan River.
Now it’s time . . . and God said:
“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”Deuteronomy 31:6
But He didn’t just say it once . . . He said it again:
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”Deuteronomy 31:8
These words were spoken to over a million people. They were to move them as a nation . . . God had just finished instructing them giving them a choice between “life and death, blessing and curses.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
God, through Moses, counseled them to “choose life.”
You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.Deuteronomy 30:20
And the blessing of loving and obeying is that God promises that He will personally go before . . . He will neither fail nor abandon.
I believe the message to you and me is not that God will go before us and lead us when we insist on going our own way.
But when we follow Him in obedience and love . . . He has promised to faithfully lead us and be with us.
You and I don’t need to fear what-ifs when we love and follow the Lord. And we don’t have to believe that “we can’t” when we trust the One who promises to give us strength and courage.
Every day offers new situations, concerns, possibilities, and more but when you and I follow the Lord in obedience and love . . . He promises that He will give us the strength and courage we need for whatever He allows.
I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.Philippians 4:13 (NCV)
A Prayer to Choose Life and Obedience
to Have Strength and Courage
Father, I am so thankful for Your Word. I’m thankful to read about people like me . . . people who have doubts and fears, who want to obey but fall short every day, and people who have been blessed by Your unfailing love and forgiveness.
You give me choices every day. You allow me the freedom to obey or disobey, to love or reject. Please help me by the power of Your Spirit to love You with all my heart and soul, mind and strength. Help me know Your will and willingly obey. Help me commit myself fully to Your sovereignty and trust Your plans and purposes.
Father, please give me the strength and courage I need when the enemy tempts me with doubt and fear. Please help me face each day with the confidence that You are with me, that You will never fail me nor abandon me. Help me focus on Your promises and set my heart and mind on all that is true and honorable, right, good, and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)
I love You and thank you for all You have done for me in the past. I worship You for who You are. And I praise You for giving me everything I need each day. Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
I’m taking my list of fears and worries to God once again today and I’d love for you to join me.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28
When His disciples were afraid in the storm, He walked on the water to them and said:
“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!”Mark 6:50
And He’s saying the same to you and me today.
So be strong and courageous the Lord is with you.
May God bless you today. Remove your fear and give you all the strength and courage you need.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
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