Yesterday, Today & Forever
“Know that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.”
– Deuteronomy 7:9
I have been reading through Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I am to the point when the Israelites are toward their end of the 40-year journey and Moses is reminding them of the journey. Moses, in Deuteronomy 6:10-12, says “When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that he would give you—a land with large and beautiful cities that you did not build, houses full of every good thing that you did not fill them with, cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and when you eat and are satisfied, be careful not to forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.”
When Ray and I began dating, God gave me a very clear direction that Ray was the one that I would spend my life with. I knew that God was the one whom we would build our home upon and that it was God who would be our provision. There are dates of celebration that are reminders of God’s provision for us—our wedding anniversary, birthdays of each other and our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren. There are also dates that commemorate days of sadness, difficulties, or loss. The journey has been wonderful and at times very difficult as we have celebrated and faced things together we never could have imagined. As each year passes, I realize I am not the person I was at the beginning of this journey or even the year before; however, my God is faithful and His promises are true.
In Deuteronomy, God declares His faithfulness to the Israelites over and over, reminding them that He wasn’t going anywhere. They needed to know that no matter what they did or how far they were from Him, they were still His.
Verse 9 is full of promises: The Lord is our God, and He is faithful to keep His covenant. That is exactly what the Israelites needed to hear after a 40-year journey on their way to the promised land. They had been through many battles and slavery. They had obeyed and disobeyed God and moved their families and livestock for 40 years! They needed to hear a word on God’s faithfulness.
We, too, need to remind ourselves of the faithfulness of God and His provisions for us. Each year when we approach these special days, whether of celebration or of loss, we can stand on the unchanging faithfulness of God. Though we continue to grow, mature and change, God remains faithful just as He was to the people who heard Deuteronomy for the first time ever, He is our God too!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Pray: Father, Thank You for Your faithfulness to us throughout our days. Help us to recognize Your provision throughout our days and to share the story of Your provision with those along the journey.
Director of Preschool Ministries
First Baptist Broken Arrow