“If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them? Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the Lord thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;” Deuteronomy 7:17-18
Is there something overwhelming before you? Are there new boundaries that you are looking to breach? Has fear caused you to miss out on the best that God has for you?
The children of Israel could have answered yes to all these questions. Forty years prior, they had a chance to enter the Promised Land. They had a chance to possess everything the Lord had in store for them. But they missed out.
A bad report from some unbelieving spies rendered the people’s resolve for the fight useless (Numbers 13:32). What they saw as an overwhelming obstacle and what they believed in their heart about themselves (Numbers 13:33) not only affected them, but their negativity spread throughout the entire camp (Numbers 14:1-3).
Because of this, they were made to turn away from what could have been, and they were forced to return to the wilderness of what was.
Approaching the verses above, they now are being prepared, forty years later, to take another shot at their promise. Moses, in reiterating all the commands of God before they enter, is also teaching them how to overcome any doubts and fears they may have about possessing their promise.
Their fathers couldn’t enter because of unbelief (Hebrews 4:1-3), but Moses wanted this generation to make it. He wanted them to gain everything God has for them.
They couldn’t do that if they didn’t remember. Remember who was on their side (Psalm 118:6). Remember who it was that was fighting for them (Deuteronomy 3:22).
Moses instructs them, when they cross over and when what’s before them seems to be too much for them – when they cross over and that whisper of fear begins to speak, he tells them to remember. Remember what God has already done and draw strength from those victories.
We may not be trying to dispossess nations to obtain a Promised Land, but in trying to progress or move forward into our own promises, we can let fear stop us. When we look across the borders of what can be, sometimes it seems daunting. Overwhelming. Down-right impossible.
In those times, we would do well to follow Moses’ advice: remember. Remember what God has already done.
You have your own testimonies of God’s faithfulness and workings in your own life. You have areas where His help stood out because of the circumstance you were facing. You have those moments when He spoke to your heart during desperate times, showed you His love, or ushered a victory in for you.
Remember those moving’s of God’s might in your life. Draw strength from His faithfulness and go and possess your promise.
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