April 27, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
It is clear from the Bible’s account of the people leaving Egypt that Moses was leading a rebellious people. They wanted to know how long the trip was going to take. They quickly started feeling a sense of frustration, worry, anxiety, and a desire to go back to what was familiar, even though their lives in Egypt were terrible. At least in Egypt, they knew what tomorrow would bring.
Time and again, God had to show them that he was their faithful guide, provider, and protector. They just needed to learn that. It is interesting to note that when Moses was handing the reins over to Joshua, who had witnessed himself God’s faithfulness, Moses implored him to remember that God was with him, so he didn’t need to be afraid or discouraged.
In our present circumstances, we might be feeling like the Israelites. We, like them, might be having a feeling a sense of frustration, worry, anxiety, and a desire to go back to what was familiar. As much as we would like to know the outcome during the pandemic has no fixed end date. We are in uncharted territory. Plans that once served us well don’t work where we are now, and when we come through this, life will look different. But there is one thing we should know; God is with us at every stage of our journey. And we will get there!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator and sustainer of all things, seen, and unseen, thank you for your words of encouragement during this time. Help us to remember that you are our guide, provider, and protector, through these uncertain days and beyond. You will get us there! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.