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 (Deuteronomy 31:8).
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My friend Phil had the difficult task of telling his teenage daughter that he had lost his job with the city, and they would have to move. Her response surprised him: “Great! I know you will get a better job! God will take care of us!”
Moses prepared a people coming out of hundreds of years of slavery to conquer a land they did not know. They knew God parted the Red Sea and they knew God took care of them during their wilderness wandering, but the unknown, entering the promised land frightened them. Moses reminded them to have courage, because God would be with them, and would not fail them or forsake then.
Why do we today spend so much time “dismayed,” worrying about the future? Don’t we have more reason to trust God than they did?
And yes, Phil got a better job, with better pay.
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