Deuteronomy 2:7 “‘For the Lord your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.’”
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING?
Deuteronomy begins with a recap of how the Lord has led the Israelites since they left Egypt. Moses reminds the people in verse 7 how He sustained them as they wandered in the wilderness. Now, don’t forget that the wandering was punishment for not going into Canaan. But God still, even in the midst of their punishment, sustained them.
God’s love for them and His purpose for them had not changed. He took care of them all through those years. This was no small feat. They were a great number. Some estimate anywhere from 200,000 to over 2 million. Can you imagine the amount of water that was needed for that crowd? But God provided it.
The next time your child “rebels” against you and has to be disciplined, remind them of this story. You are not going to stop feeding them just because they are in trouble. You don’t withhold clothing from them because they are grounded. No! You still love them and protect them, even though you have to carry out the discipline.
Do you enjoy disciplining your child? Neither does God. He has to because He loves us, but He had much rather see us walk in fellowship with Him. He had rather have us obey. He had much rather bless than correct.
Let me ask you this question. What are you doing right now to obey God? Is He pleased with your walk right now? It is so important for us to walk worthy of our Lord. Others are watching. They are watching to see how we handle life. Will you let the Lord guide you?
O God, I am so guilty of wanting to do things my way. I am just like the Israelites in my rebellion against You. Forgive me and set me back on the right path.