“29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” 32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.”
What a phrase – “In spite of this…” I wonder how many times this is used in the Bible? Not many, but then again maybe so! The problem is common among people. We see God at work, powerfully providing the way and giving direction – yet we struggle to trust God with our future. He’s led us in the past, and we know it, but we lack faith somehow that God will lead us right now. The Israelites saw God lead them, taking care of the Egyptians for them in miraculous ways (10 plagues, parting of the Red Sea), but they were now afraid of going up against the Amorites. Later they admitted their sin (vs. 41) and decided to make it right by going up against the Amorites. The difference now was that God wasn’t fighting for them and even told them not to go. These rebellious people were consistent and went up to fight anyway – and lost decisively.
Without question Almighty God has led me in the past – and always most powerfully when I am listening and believing. If God has led me in the past, my responsibility today is to believe that He is leading me now. According to my faith and the ability to obey will I be well led by God. I certainly have the tendency to not believe and to reclaim the leading of my life. This is rebellion, really – just like in the text – and not very wise! I can only see the here and now. God, who is a good Father and “carries His children” has my best interest at heart and can see what is coming in my life. It is wisest to trust Him!
I praise You, Father, for how You have led me in the past. Thank you for loving me so much that You would care for me in those ways. I believe that you still want to guide my steps, so I trust You today. Help me know when I’m reclaiming the “steering wheel” of my life. I want to give it back to You as quickly as I can! I love You, Father. Thank you for loving me first.