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Deuteronomy 33:1-7

The Blessing of Moses

33 Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death. He said,

“The Lord came from Sinai,
And [a]dawned on them from Seir;
He shone forth from Mount Paran,
And He came from the [b]midst of ten thousand holy ones;
At His right hand there was [c]flashing lightning for them.
“Indeed, He loves [d]the people;
All [e]Your holy ones are in Your hand,
And they [f]followed in Your steps;
Everyone receives of Your words.
“Moses charged us with a law,
A possession for the assembly of Jacob.
“And He was king in Jeshurun,
When the heads of the people were gathered,
The tribes of Israel together.

“May Reuben live and not die,
Nor his men be few.”

And this regarding Judah; so he said,

“Hear, O Lord, the voice of Judah,
And bring him to his people.
With his hands he contended for [g]them,
And may You be a help against his adversaries.”

Moses mentions something here that is interesting, “And He was king…” At first glance, it’s kind of ambiguous, was Moses talking about himself, or one of the tribes, perhaps Reuben?

But then we realize that “He” is capitalized which always meant God Himself. So God is their king, which is an interesting contrast to the peoples around them, and even the later inclinations of the Israelites.

With God as their King, He is the one they are to follow, He is their leader, no matter what earthly man might be “in charge”. And as we saw with Moses, the man can only lead properly if he is following God as well. It seemed they always needed someone to remind them to follow God, to keep them on point, and focused on who they were, and who had chosen them.

We can often struggle with this also, we look to our earthly leaders far too often for guidance in life. Yes, God has put them in leadership for a reason, but we must keep our focus on Him, so that we know when/if they are leading us down the wrong path. When we lose sight of God and His word, trouble awaits, lay person and leader alike.

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Deuteronomy 32:44-52

44 Then Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he, with [q]Joshua the son of Nun. 45 When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe [r]carefully, even all the words of this law. 47 For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, [s]which you are about to cross the Jordan to [t]possess.”

48 The Lord spoke to Moses that very same day, saying, 49 “Go up to this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab [u]opposite Jericho, and look at the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel for a possession.50 Then die on the mountain where you ascend, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, 51 because you broke faith with Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. 52 For you shall see the land at a distance, but you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel.”

Even in death, Moses was to be an example to the Israelites, but this time to display the consequences of disobedience.

God takes sin very seriously, and gave His life to undo the effects that it has on our eternity. But there is more to following God than just avoiding sin. Following Him is about knowing that He loves you, and showing your love in return.

It’s not easy, but that’s what He asks for, your devotion and obedience. He knows you won’t be perfect, but He asks you to trust Him, and follow His plan for your life, instead of being selfish and going your own way.

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Deuteronomy 32:28-43

28 “For they are a nation [i]lacking in counsel,
And there is no understanding in them.
29 “Would that they were wise, that they understood this,
That they would discern their [j]future!
30 “How could one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their Rock had sold them,
And the Lord had given them up?
31 “Indeed their rock is not like our Rock,
Even our enemies [k]themselves judge this.
32 “For their vine is from the vine of Sodom,
And from the fields of Gomorrah;
Their grapes are grapes of poison,
Their clusters, bitter.
33 “Their wine is the venom of [l]serpents,
And the [m]deadly poison of cobras.

34 ‘Is it not laid up in store with Me,
Sealed up in My treasuries?
35 ‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution,
In due time their foot will slip;
For the day of their calamity is near,
And the impending things are hastening upon them.’
36 “For the Lord will vindicate His people,
And will have compassion on His servants,
When He sees that their [n]strength is gone,
And there is none remaining, bond or free.
37 “And He will say, ‘Where are their gods,
The rock in which they sought refuge?
38 ‘Who ate the fat of their sacrifices,
And drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise up and help you,
Let them be your hiding place!
39 ‘See now that I, I am He,
And there is no god besides Me;
It is I who put to death and give life.
I have wounded and it is I who heal,
And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.
40 ‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven,
And say, as I live forever,
41 If I sharpen My [o]flashing sword,
And My hand takes hold on justice,
I will render vengeance on My adversaries,
And I will repay those who hate Me.
42 ‘I will make My arrows drunk with blood,
And My sword will devour flesh,
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the long-haired [p]leaders of the enemy.’
43 “Rejoice, O nations, with His people;
For He will avenge the blood of His servants,
And will render vengeance on His adversaries,
And will atone for His land and His people.”

The song finally turns to redemption, when God rescues his people and serves judgment on their adversaries. But it ends with an interesting twist, “Rejoice, O nations, with His people…”

Who would rejoice with the people of God, except those who were on their side, those who acknowledged God? For surely their enemies, who have been defeated and served justice, will not be rejoicing in that day.

But those who love and serve God will rejoice when He rescues His people, the Israelites, from the hand of their adversaries. All of them will then be called “His people” and will live in eternity with Him.

There are only two sides in this life, those who choose God, and those who scorn Him. To think that scorning His free gift should somehow not be punished is to lack common sense. Seek His face, turn from your own ways, and follow His way.

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Deuteronomy 32:15-27

15 “But [d]Jeshurun grew fat and kicked—
You are grown fat, thick, and sleek—
Then he forsook God who made him,
And scorned the Rock of his salvation.
16 “They made Him jealous with strange gods;
With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
17 “They sacrificed to demons who were not God,
To gods whom they have not known,
New gods who came lately,
Whom your fathers did not dread.
18 “You neglected the Rock who begot you,
And forgot the God who gave you birth.

19 “The Lord saw this, and spurned them
Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters.
20 “Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them,
I will see what their end shall be;
For they are a perverse generation,
Sons in whom is no faithfulness.
21 ‘They have made Me jealous with what is not God;
They have provoked Me to anger with their [e]idols.
So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,
22 For a fire is kindled in My anger,
And burns to the lowest part of [f]Sheol,
And consumes the earth with its yield,
And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 ‘I will heap misfortunes on them;
I will use My arrows on them.
24 They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by [g]plague
And bitter destruction;
And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them,
With the venom of crawling things of the dust.
25 ‘Outside the sword will bereave,
And inside terror—
Both young man and virgin,
The nursling with the man of gray hair.
26 ‘I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces,
I will remove the memory of them from men,”
27 Had I not feared the provocation by the enemy,
That their adversaries would misjudge,
That they would say, “Our hand is [h]triumphant,
And the Lord has not done all this.”’

In light of what we saw yesterday, it is somewhat incredible what follows next, but it isn’t just a made-up story. This is a foretelling of what will happen (even if that isn’t the intent).

But it has a surprise twist when God says, ‘I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces…”‘ God is talking about his own chosen people here, not some pagan nation. But he holds back, which is something seen later in the Israelite story. God shows incredible mercy, sparing them the full judgment that they deserved.

And not just to the Israelites, He shows incredible mercy on us still today, every day. When was the last time you heard of God striking someone dead in their sin? Right, you haven’t, because even though God is righteous and pure, He is love and that results in mercy being poured out, even on the most undeserving.

For God is not willing that any should perish, but that we should repent and turn to Him. That is goal #1, that we should be restored to the Father. Everything else is secondary, above all else on this world, God wants to bring us back to the way we were meant to be, in a right relationship to Him.

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Deuteronomy 32:1-14

The Song of Moses

32 “Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak;
And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
“Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As the droplets on the fresh grass
And as the showers on the herb.
“For I proclaim the name of the Lord;
Ascribe greatness to our God!
“The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are [a]just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.
[b]They have acted corruptly toward Him,
They are not His children, because of their defect;
But are a perverse and crooked generation.
“Do you thus repay the Lord,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is not He your Father who has bought you?
He has made you and established you.
“Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of all generations.
Ask your father, and he will inform you,
Your elders, and they will tell you.
“When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
When He separated the sons of [c]man,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
According to the number of the sons of Israel.
“For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 “He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
12 “The Lord alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
13 “He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock,
14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat—
And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.

This is (the beginning of) the song that the previous chapter referenced. It starts with a reminder of who the Israelites are/were, and how God had blessed them.

I’ve been reading a lot the last couple weeks about the reality that is our very existence. And that is, everything we have, everything around us, is a gift from God. It was all created by Him, or from materials He himself provided.

Nothing exists that was not made by Him, and nothing can exist except that which was made by Him. Thus, our very bodies are a gift from God, and everything we have, everything we are, is a gift.

Even when we don’t feel blessed, we have still been given everything that we do have. And until that is enough, and we are grateful for it, I think it is difficult for God to give us more. When we are always clamoring for more, our hearts are in the wrong place. Not that there is a magic formula to get God to pour out blessings. He knows what we need, and He knows what is best for us, and that is what He will give us. But when we are like the faithful servant, showing that we can handle what we have been given, only then can He give us more. And maybe we already have everything we can handle, only God knows. Trust God and his provision, and be content with the gifts He has given. That is enough.

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Deuteronomy 31:23-30

Joshua Is Commissioned

23 Then He commissioned Joshua the son of Nun, and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the sons of Israel into the land which I swore to them, and I will be with you.”

24 It came about, when Moses finished writing the words of this law in a book until they were complete, 25 that Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, 26 “Take this book of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may [j]remain there as a witness against you. 27 For I know your rebellion and your [k]stubbornness; behold, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the Lord; how much more, then, after my death? 28 Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that after my death you will act corruptly and turn from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days, for you will do that which is evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger with the work of your hands.”

30 Then Moses spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song, until they were complete:

That had to be so encouraging for Joshua… “Be strong and courageous… for I know that this people will act corruptly and turn from the way which has been commanded.”

But he had the same advantage we do, well at least partially. He had God leading and guiding him, and he had God’s promises that He was going to lead the people. Joshua was merely one to go before them, to represent God’s leadership, God would do the actual leading.

If we follow God, only then can we lead people, though it isn’t really us leading or in charge. God leads, we follow Him, and others can then follow our example. As Paul would later say, “follow me as I follow Christ.”

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Deuteronomy 31:14-22

Israel Will Fall Away

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, [e]the time for you to die is near; call Joshua, and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, that I may commission him.” So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.15 The Lord appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood at the doorway of the tent. 16 The Lord said to Moses, “Behold, you are about to lie down with your fathers; and this people will arise and play the harlot with the strange gods of the land, into the midst of which they are going, and will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them. 17 Then My anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide My face from them, and they will be consumed, and many evils and troubles will come upon them; so that they will say in that day, ‘Is it not because our God is not among us that these evils have come upon us?’ 18 But I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they will do, for they will turn to other gods.

19 “Now therefore, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it [f]on their lips, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel. 20 For when I bring them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and are satisfied and become [g]prosperous, then they will turn to other gods and serve them, and spurn Me and break My covenant. 21 Then it shall come about, when many evils and troubles have come upon them, that this song will testify before them as a witness (for it shall not be forgotten from the [h]lips of their descendants); for I know their intent which they are [i]developing today, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.” 22 So Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the sons of Israel.

That had to be a sobering thought, to have God tell you that your people were going to turn against Him even before entering the Promised Land. But He wasn’t wrong, that’s for sure.

So God gave them a song, to remind them of who they belonged to, and so that when they had been punished, they would remember why. Rather than thinking God had deserted them, they would know it was His hand of correction as a result of their rebellion.

It reminds me of something that’s come up a lot lately, which is this idea that we think of struggles and storms and trials as something God just permits. It is easy to mistake the purpose of the storm, just praying that God will get us through. But often He makes the storm, and uses it to make us into who He wants us to be. He has a purpose in everything that happens, whether we like it or not. If we submit our life to His will, crap will happen, but seeds will be planted in that mess, and will grow into something better than we ever thought possible.

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Deuteronomy 31:1-13

Moses’ Last Counsel

31 So Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. And he said to them, “I am a hundred and twenty years old today; I am no longer able to come and go, and the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross this Jordan.’ It is the Lord your God who will cross ahead of you; He will destroy these nations before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua is the one who will cross ahead of you, just as the Lord has spoken. The Lord will do to them just as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when He destroyed them. The Lord will deliver them up before you, and you shall do to them according to all the commandments which I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance.The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

So Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 Then Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast of Booths, 11 when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and [a]the alien who is in your [b]town, so that they may hear and learn and fear the Lord your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law. 13 Their children, who have not known, will hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live on the land [c]which you are about to cross the Jordan to [d]possess.”

“Be strong and courageous…” These words are not based upon our own strength, our own abilities, or our ability to be awesome. These words are based upon the fact that God is with us.

Moses reminded the people multiple times, that God would go before them, but we know even further that Jesus was called Emmanuel, which means “God with us”. He is always with us, no matter where we go, no matter how we feel, He is there. Right beside us, walking with us every step of the way, giving us unknown strength when we don’t have it in us, carrying us through the hardest of times, making us stronger yes, but also being our strength. He is everything we need, in a very real sense. We need to let Him be our wisdom, our peace, not to be content ever, always pressing in closer, going up higher, further than we thought possible, but always because it is Him inside us that makes us stronger, wiser, more and more of who we were created to be.

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Deuteronomy 30

Restoration Promised

30 “So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you [a]call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, and you return to the Lord your God and [b]obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord your God will restore [c]you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the [d]earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will [e]bring you back. The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.

“Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your [f]descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live. The Lord your God will [g]inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. And you shall again [h]obey the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today.Then the Lord your God will [i]prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the [j]offspring of your [k]body and in the [l]offspring of your cattle and in the [m]produce of your ground, for the Lord will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers; 10 [n]if you [o]obey the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, [p]if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.

11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it [q]out of reach. 12 It is not in heaven, [r]that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, [s]that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

Choose Life

15 “See, I have set before you today life and [t]prosperity, and death and [u]adversity;16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. 17 But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter [v]and possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your [w]descendants, 20 by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for [x]this is your life and the length of your days, [y]that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

Verses 11-14 stand out in this strong challenge. And it should be a challenge to us as well, not just for the Israelites. The things that God has commanded, the things He has set in our hearts, they are not unfathomable. We have flown into space, and have circumnavigated the globe, yet we struggle to follow Him every day.

C.S. Lewis summed it up something like this: to push aside all our earthly desires, and seek God first, that is the whole of Christianity. It’s so simple, it ought to be easy, but yet what God wants to do in us really is impossible… without Him.

But we have God, he came in the flesh, and He offers to dwell in us, and work in us. He offers to do the impossible in us, and what might that look like when He is finished. It ought to give us goosebumps just thinking about. The creator of the universe wants to come into our lives, take over the driver’s seat, and take us somewhere we could never get without Him.

So, each day, every day, choose life. Choose to push aside your worldly passions, and find His. Your dreams may be closer to His than you think, or they may be polar opposites. But His will take you to places unimagined, near unthinkable. And when you look back, you will be amazed at what He has done, things that were perfect in timing, and ideally suited for who He created you to be.

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Deuteronomy 29

The Covenant in Moab

29 [a]These are the words of the covenant which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the sons of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He had made with them at Horeb.

[b]And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land; the great trials which your eyes have seen, those great signs and wonders. Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear. I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot. You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or strong drink, in order that you might know that I am the Lord your God. When you [c]reached this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out to meet us for battle, but we [d]defeated them; and we took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites. So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

10 “You stand today, all of you, before the Lord your God: your chiefs, your tribes, your elders and your officers, even all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones, your wives, and the alien who is within your camps, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water, 12 that you may enter into the covenant with the Lord your God, and into His oath which the Lord your God is making with you today, 13 in order that He may establish you today as His people and that He may be your God, just as He spoke to you and as He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

14 “Now not with you alone am I making this covenant and this oath, 15 but both with those who stand here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God and with those who are not with us here today 16 (for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed; 17 moreover, you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them); 18 so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood. 19 It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will [e]boast, saying, ‘I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order [f]to destroy the watered land with the dry.’ 20 The Lord shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and His jealousy will [g]burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will [h]rest on him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 Then the Lord will single him out for [i]adversity from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant which are written in this book of the law.

22 “Now the generation to come, your sons who rise up after you and the foreigner who comes from a distant land, when they see the plagues of the land and the diseases with which the Lord has [j]afflicted it, will say, 23 ‘All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, [k]unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and in His wrath.’ 24 All the nations will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land? Why this great [l]outburst of anger?’ 25 Then men will say, ‘Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. 26 They went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they have not known and whom He had not [m]allotted to them. 27 Therefore, the anger of the Lord burned against that land, to bring upon it every curse which is written in this book; 28 and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and in fury and in great wrath, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’

29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

I think some people get this idea that we have to believe in God purely by faith. That there’s no evidence in our lives or around us that points us to God. We haven’t crossed a sea on dry land, and we haven’t seen plagues on our enemies like the Israelites did. We haven’t won huge battles when the odds were against us, and we haven’t been sustained in a wilderness for forty years with no land to call our own.

But God is still in the business of taking care of His own, and the evidence of His existence is all around us. It is ours for the looking, but we often get so busy that we aren’t looking. We aren’t acknowledging His provision, His care in our every day lives. His beauty in creation, His splendor in all the creatures of the world, in the majesty of mountains and oceans, rivers, and even the smallest flower.

So slow down, look around, watch for Him. Seek Him first, and you will find Him. Knock, and the door will be opened, for He is always present, just waiting for you to make the next move (because He already made the first one).