It always amazes me when I find the same concept repeated over and over in Scripture, and then in all kinds of places in my life. It is usually a clue to me that the Lord is trying to tell me something. I started reading Deuteronomy a few weeks ago…and if I am honest it wasn’t because I was so excited to read the law…but I have been working my way through the Bible usually alternating between an Old Testament and a New Testament book and this was one left on my list that was staring at me. I am not going to lie and tell you that I was spiritually filled by reading about the dietary restrictions of the Israelites…but I have gotten so much out of this book.
It seems that God had planned for me to read this book at this time. As I look ahead at the next few months and the planner in me tries to figure out how I am going to juggle two sweet kiddos, a home, a husband in Seminary, and a business among other things, I have been reminded that God already knows. I have read this month about how God takes care of His people…even in the wilderness. Now I am not saying that my life is a wilderness…though as I think about it sometimes it does feel like my living room is a wilderness of toys, books, and sippy cups. I have been so encouraged by the fact that I know that He goes before me. He knows what lies ahead because He is already there. Deuteronomy 31:8 says “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” I don’t think it gets much more encouraging than that.
About the same time I started Deuteronomy, and read these words over and over in variations throughout the book, we picked up Chris Tomlin’s newest CD, and one of the songs has lyrics of these verses. It has been on my playlist for weeks…and I can listen to it over and over. You can listen to it here. We have no need to fear, or worry, or feel overwhelmed because we know that He is by our side.