Few years ago, I took a luxury bus ride with a group of people from Egypt to Israel in 8 hours. It just left me speechless the whole journey wondering about the Israelites wanderings for 40 years! It was the supernatural power of God that guided them. We were tired by the time we arrived at our destination, and yet, not one among them was feeble, without any swollen legs!, Deuteronomy 8:4, Nehemiah 9:21.
The sum total of God’s providential care for his people, from the time that He redeem them from Egypt in the Book of Exodus, to the Plains of Moab, in the Book of Deuteronomy, is seen in Deuteronomy 2:7.....
For the “Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand; he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness; these forty years the Lord thy God hath been with thee; thou has lacked nothing.”
Thou has lacked nothing, Deuteronomy 2:7, stands out for me. In their 40 years of Wilderness Wandering, they lacked nothing! How much more for us who has the Great Shepherd who came to give us Abundant Life now and Eternal Life after our Earthly Departure into His Presence. And yet we do life with so much anxiety and worries
This is a verse we need to read again and again until we get a personal revelation out of it. Can we identify ourselves in our own experience, knowing that Jesus knows all our walking and all our wanderings and that we cannot hide anything from Him?
God is so gracious and most compassionate even if we have wandered off!
We can experience wilderness wandering, when we have rebelled and disobeyed. In those times we need to be reminded by the Holy Spirit to repent, and receive the Grace and Love of Christ. We need to know how our Saviour can led us from faith to faith.
Moses to was not allowed to enter the Promised Land, but the Lord still used him to speak of those things the people need to know before they face their new life in Canaan. The laws of God, and the work and words of the Lord during their wilderness wanderings, are brought to remembrance by Moses during the final week of his life.
Dear Child of God, are you in the wilderness now? Remember that,The Lord is with those who are in the wilderness. Our Good Shepherd has promised, “I will never leave you.”
All need to do is cry out to God, turn around and repent, echo the words of the Psalmist...
“Show me thy ways, O Lord, teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindesses; for they have been ever of old” Psalm 25:4-6.
You don't have to go round the same mountain.You dont' have to struggle on your own. Regain your strength, climb up the mountain and sore like the eagle. You won't lack anything when the Lord is your. Goodness and Mercy will follow you all the days of your life.
You are designed to live in the Presence of the Lord. Turn your Wilderness Wanderings into being a Wonderful Winner?....God has already blessed us Christ Jesus, Ephesians 1:3.....Amen_
Turn towards North
Deuteronomy 2:3, Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.
The children of Israel were encompassing around the mount Seir.
Mountain speaks of problems in our lives. Are you also lingering around your problems?the Lord says it is enough.
Are you battling with sickness /debts/financially?
Don't talk big about it. Don't give importance to it. It is enough now.
Now the Lord is asking you to turn towards North.
What is there in the North?
Zion is there in the North (Ps48:2)
What is there in Zion?
Blessings are there in Zion (Ps134:3)
What else is in North?
Promotion is there in the North (Ps75:6)
Without crossing the worst situation, nobody can touch the best corner of the life. So be ready to face anything in life, because winner never quit and
Quitter never win.
Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
The Last Lap
The Israelite camp was bustling with activity. The leaders of thousands, hundreds, tens and the chiefs were rushing here and there, planning and executing God’s orders given through Moses. Joshua, the successor was keenly listening to Moses who was busy hearing and writing God's commands.
God was giving the concluding rules and regulations of the journey that suddenly extended for forty long years. The new generation that grew up in the wilderness were unaware of settled life in houses and townships. They were also excited about their future life.
Caleb was quietly doing his part keeping on eye that none in the camp spoke any negative words. His heart was pounding with joy as he thought about the Promised Land. He had entered and seen it nearly forty years ago with Joshua and other ten of his men. Now he was thrilled to go and settle in the land flowing with milk and honey.
Amid this activity, God firmly warned Moses Do Not three times. Moses heart might have stood still for a second as he knew that it was not that easy to mange the Israelites. God instructed him Do Not regarding the Edomites, Moabites and Ammonites.
"Do not meddle with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as one footstep, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession. (Deu 2:5).
'Do not harass Moab, nor contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.' (De 2:9).
'And when you come near the people of Ammon, do not harass them or meddle with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the descendants of Lot as a possession.' (Deu 2:19).
God was leading, providing, protecting and guiding the Israelites for forty long years. Very soon they were going to enter their destination. The last lap of a long journey is usually busy with the travellers preparing to get down in their destination. After a long journey people hardly remember issues that occurred long ago.
® Amid all the planning God remembered Lot and Esau who lived hundreds of years ago. Edomites were the descendants of Esau, the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. Moabites and Ammonites were the descendants of Lot, the nephew of Abraham.
Life of Esau and Lot were not something to be spoken highly of. They had their weaknesses and failures. There was Abraham pleading for Lot and his family. Isaac must have prayed much for Esau, his favourite son.
The Bible does not discuss much about them and their progeny though both Esau (thrice) and Lot (four times) are mentioned in the New Testament. But God had them in His mind. He remembered the prayers of Abraham and Isaac and determined to peacefully settle Esau, Lot and their descendants.
God never ever forgot the settlement He had issued to Esau and Lot. Their descendants, the Edomites, Ammonites and Moabites even refused to help the Israelites in their journey. Yet, after more than four hundred years God warned the Israelites Not to meddle, harass or contend with them.
If you are worried about impending dangers from evil mischief makers, here is good news. God will Not permit anyone to meddle, harass or contend with us. And never forget to pray for our near and dear ones as God will hear our prayers and bless our progeny in the years to come.
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion
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Deuteronomy 1 to 3: We serve the Creator of this Universe, Father of All