DEVOTION – DAY 37
Deuteronomy 11:11-12 – “God’s presence”
Deuteronomy 11:11-12: “But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the Lord cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.”
God gave these words to the Israelites as they were ready to cross the Jordan into the Promised Land. They were going into new territories and God wanted to assure them of His presence. In the same way, many of us may be looking forward to the eventual end to the partial lockdown. But like the Israelites, we will be entering unfamiliar territories. Will our country be able to recover quickly. Can we all resume our old way of living? Will there be jobs for everyone? Will the Covid-19 virus re-infect people?
In verse 11, the way ahead was full of mountains and valleys. Have you wondered why God’s Promised Land was not a flat fertile and well-watered plain? This was because God wanted His people to depend upon Him always and not be reliant on themselves. Had the land been easy to occupy, they would soon forget about God and be too busy working the land. No, the Promised Land would have mountains that would be the Israelites’ obstacles that they need to overcome with God’s help. But God would also give relief in the form of valleys. God’s people would experience spiritual highs and lows and know that God’s eyes are on them all the year round. And it is God who will send the rains.
Similarly, life after the lockdown will not be easy. Some may have to tighten their belts. Some may have to work doubly hard to rebuild businesses that had suffered from a prolonged shutdown. Some may face health issues. But God’s eyes will be on all His people and we know He cares for us. He will send us relief when we need it just as He sent rain and help to the Israelites. We are reminded also in Deuteronomy 11:13-16 that we are to love, obey and serve the Lord and not worship idols and the Lord will see us through. So, if you are worried about what will happen in the future, will you draw strength from these verses that the Lord who led the Israelites through mountains and valleys and was with them is the same Lord who will lead us ahead as we face our mountains and valleys. He is faithful and so must we be. Let us trust Him.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for assuring us that your eyes are upon us and that you will care for us in the time ahead. May our faith in you never waver as we face the future whatever it holds for us. In the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
- What “mountains” do you face in the weeks ahead and what comfort do you draw from these verses?
- How has God watched over you in the past.
- How does this encourage you to trust in Him?
- How has God’s faithfulness in the past strengthen your faith in Him as you face the future?