Deut. 11:8 ¶ Keep, then, this entire commandment that I am commanding you today, so that you may have strength to go in and occupy the land that you are crossing over to occupy,
Deut. 11:9 and so that you may live long in the land that the LORD swore to your ancestors to give them and to their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.
God was providing the law, written on stone tablets, to the Israelites for the second time. The first time they had worshiped the golden calf in Moses’ absence. Now, again, he is reconfirming his covenant with his people.
The people are tired and weary. The journey has been tiresome and often their nerves are frayed. The people of the promised land will seem overwhelming and dominant to them but before they even know what lies ahead God promises to give them strength. He will give them what they need to cross over and to overcome — if they keep God’s commands.
There are times when life simply feels overwhelming and there doesn’t seem to be enough strength to continue on! It is in these times that we must remember that our responsibility is to put our trust in God. God was the provider of strength for the Israelites and he is the one who gives us strength today.
The vision of the promised land lay before the Israelites. Only through the power and strength of the Lord would they be able to conquer what was before them.
May that be a reminder to us! Too often we try to move forward in our own strength and we become tired and weary. It’s time to put all our trust in the Lord and allow him to speak and move through us in ways that we could never imagine. The Israelites did eventually live in a land flowing with milk and honey. They were able to take down the giants when they felt so small and it was all in the strength of the Lord.
Lord, please help me to be faithful and put all my trust in you. Amen.