Week 17 Day 1
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Deuteronomy 31: 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
It is a natural reaction to facing any kind of shift in our circumstances to try to scope out the terrain ahead as the skier in this photo is doing. These days our paradigms almost seem to shift on a daily basis without the benefit of time to pause to prepare ourselves for what lies ahead. Some of the changes are at this point relatively minor, but should warn us of stranger things to come. O
One such instance I could point out is the disruption in the usual supply lines resulting in shortages at the grocery stores and other businesses as people “panic” buy and begin to hoard everyday items. It is very easy to forget that on of the names for God is Jehovah-Jireh, Simply put it means God our provider. Do you remember the old camp chorus with the tagline; Jehovah Jireh, my provider, His grace is sufficient for me.
As Moses prepared the Israelites for the transition from wilderness dwellers to inhabitants of the land of God-given possession they were warned and had to consider the costs of displacing the people who were already there. That God had determined that, because of the behavior of the residents of Canaan, and the love he had for the Israelite people, those Canaanite people should be removed is not the point here. The point is the Israelite people were facing an enormous paradigm shift. The change would effect every aspect of their lives. Would they be ready? Would they survive?
The answer is, for us just as it was for them, a resounding Yes. Not through their own efforts alone. They would, and we will, survive in direct proportion to our willingness to trust and obey God.