June 09, 2021 – Wednesday
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
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.
Deuteronomy 31:6 CJB
6 Be strong, be bold, don’t be afraid or frightened of them, for Adonai your God is going with you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
In case you have not noticed I have started a series on Do not be afraid or something similar. Two examples, For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control, 2 Timothy 1:7 and I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears, Psalm 34:4 both of which carry the same idea but stated differently. Then in each case see what the verse is telling us about why we have such the verse and why it is telling us Do not be afraid.
The verse we have for today is from the last book of the Torah, also called The Five Books of Moses as he is the author of them. And the verse comes from the 31st of 34 chapters so it is near the end. Speaking of the end, our verse today comes at the end of a great sermon from Moses (see chapter 30) and now he is telling the twelve tribes he is 120 years old, and the Lord has told him (31:2), You shall not cross over this Jordan.
That was followed by verse 3, The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the Lord said. Recall Joshua was one of the two spies willing to go into the Promised Land forty years earlier. Now he is taking the leadership role Moses had. This time there was no spying out the land, instead there was repentance (chapter 30) for doubting the Lord forty years earlier. Still, Moses added these words of encouragement, verses 4-5, And the Lord will do to them what He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom He destroyed along with their land. The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you.
Then Moses added the words he could have (should have?) spoken forty years earlier, 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. Then because Joshua would cross over before them with the Lord, Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Just as Moses had encouraged all of Israel, he personally encouraged Joshua in the presence of Israel beginning with Be strong and courageous and ending with Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. And in the heart of his message he said, The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua had waited forty years to enter Canaan, I can only imagine him being impatient, ready to go. His time of waiting was over, for he had trusted the Lord forty years earlier. Yet we never read a word of resentment from him or about him about having to wait.
Bottom Line: The Lord remains with us even today as Hebrews 31:5 tells us while quoting our verse for today, Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Let me always be encouraged knowing You are with me always. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.