I Will Be With Thee

Today’s Passage – Deuteronomy 29-31; Proverbs 10

(Second Milers also read – Ephesians 1 – 6; memorize John 1:1)

“And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it. And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. … And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.” – (Deuteronomy 31:7-8, 23)

Perhaps no greater source of encouragement can be found for the Christian today than the words contained in these verses. In our passage today we see Moses in his final days upon the earth. He has fulfilled God’s will for his life by leading the people of Israel out of bondage, and has brought them to the border of the Land of Promise. He is passing the baton over to Joshua, who had faithfully served Moses for the forty years of Moses ministry. Joshua has an extremely difficult task in front of him. He is following behind one of the greatest leaders in the history of mankind, and he has been places in charge of a people that have demonstrated on numerous occasions that they can be very rebellious. In fact, on the very day that Joshua is appointed his new position God tells him that the people are going to rebel. How would you like to be given the job of leading people who you already know are going to eventually stop following. If I were Joshua I would not only be fearful of the task ahea, but perhaps even a little discouraged. However, twice in this passage Joshua is reminded that it’s going to be OK, because God will be with him.

What a blessing it is to know that as we serve God today in the center of His will, that He promises to go with us as well.

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” – (Hebrews 13:5)

“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – (Matthew 28:20)

Sometimes it can be very difficult living for the Lord in the world that we live in. It is not easy being a good, godly parent; a witness on the job; a servant in the church’ a light to the community: all of which God calls us to be. But God is with us. He goes before us, and then helps us as we strive to be His ambassador in this dark world. Sometimes, we may feel like we are all alone, but we are never alone, because God is always with us.

Did you recognize His presence in your life today? Did you talk to Hm yet this morning? He desires to have intimate fellowship with you, and to use you to fulfil His purpose in your world. What a wonderful and awesome priveledge it is to know and serve the King of the Universe! Lif your head up high. You’ve got connections. You know the right Person. You are personally acquainted with God, and you represent Him to those who don’t know Him.


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  • Meredith King says:

    Praise God! He is on our side! What encouragement it is to know that we have ‘connections’. When I start to worry that I am going to miss out on some opportunity or that someone’s going to push me down to get ahead of me, it’s such a blessing to reflect on His support. I imagine the Holy Spirit,like a mist going before me, planning how events unfold, and setting circumstances up just right for my utmost benefit. I envision Him whispering a thought into the right person’s ear, making a way for me as I travel through this life. What comfort we can have with trust!
    I was contemplating the passages yesterday in Deuteronomy concerning God’s blessings and cursings. It was somewhat unappealing to read God’s judgment for disobedience in the Old Testament, but as I was sitting in a court of law today (municipal court, trying to take care of two cracked windshield tickets), I was listening to so many sad stories, it was enough to break your heart. It was a tangible reminder of the result of sin. Painful circumstances aren’t necessarily God punishing His people, rather, these ‘curses’ we go through as a people, and individually, are sin’s repurcussion. I’ve often thought of the ten commandments as God laying down the law and penalizing us when we don’t obey. Could it be that the law is set down, not so God can rule with an iron fist, but in direct opposition to the painful consequences of sin? It’s like he gave us a hint, instructions for life, so we can avoid the pitfalls and snares that are strewn through our paths. So many people think of rules as tedious; law can be seen as limits to our freedom. It would be good to remember that Our Father loves us and the law proceeds from that love in order that we may be spared unnecessary heartache. It’s good to think about how that relates to our children; if we set no limits, would we truly be loving them? I think not. Have a happy day!

  • Katelyn Erickson says:

    I am praise God for His faithfulness even when we are unfaithful to Him. So many times my faith lacks yet again and again, He shows Himself mighty. His unconditional love is something we should be constantly reminded of when we begin to doubt what He is doing in our lives. We should be thankful that He WANTS to work in our lives. We are so unworthy but thanks to God we are not worthless!

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