Do you every worry about anything? Of course not! Christians never worry about a thing, do they? We go through life believing everything is perfect because it is!
If that’s you, I need to talk to you. I worry. I worry a lot. Not a day goes by that I don’t worry about something. And, on days like today, it takes a couple of verses from the Old Testament to give me a bit of a spiritual kick in the pants.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)
There aren’t many days I wake up feeling strong and courageous or even in dread of the day to come. And I forget that God is with me. Always. No matter what.
And in case Israel missed it the first time, God said it again two verses later:
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)
A while back, we read in Numbers about the spies that were sent into the promised land. Two came out ready to go back in and take it, while the other ten decided it wasn’t for them. What they failed to see was how God had already gone before them to prepare the way. Was it going to be easy? No. Would they have to work for it? Yes.Was God on their side? Of course?
Fear and dismay come when we fail to see God for who He is and what He’s already done to prepare the way for us. The way becomes more difficult when we choose to walk a different path. God isn’t on the path we make for ourselves. He’s with us and for us on the way He’s made for us.
Daily Bible reading: Deuteronomy 31-32, Luke 1:1-23