Verse Deuteronomy 31:8 says:
“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”.
The word of the Lord, their Shekinah, according to the Targum above, and so on in the following clause; the same one who brought Israel out of Egypt, had preceded them in the wilderness, and now would go before Joshua and them into the land of Canaan: he will be with you; to guide and to direct, to help and to strengthen, to protect and to defend, to give success to your arms and victory over your enemies: he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee; he will not fail to give him counsel and guidance, to give him strength, to fill him with courage, and to deliver his enemies into his hand; neither will he forsake him, until he hath finished the work that he had to do, and hath fully conquered the Canaanites, and hath established the people of Israel in their land: fear not, nor be dismayed; because of the number and strength of the enemy, and because of the difficulties which may arise in the way of finishing so great an undertaking, for the Lord will be with him; see (Romans 8:31)
God is assuring the Israelites that all will be well. He was eliminating Moses, not only as their leader, but from among them and knew the confusion they were feeling. This was a monumental change for these people who had depended on Moses for so long.
His voice was the voice of God; they knew and trusted that voice. God was giving Moses a much needed eternal rest, and although He had appointed Joshua as Moses’ successor, God would rule and reign through this next leader as He did with Moses.
Even today, when we face life-altering changes in our lives, these same words that were once spoken to comfort people struggling with the changes they faced are the same words God is using to calm our fears and anxieties. It is always His intention that we walk in His peace as we walk in Him.
This verse says a lot about God’s heart for us and his determination to help us see it for what it really is. Not only is He always ahead of us in opening a path for us to travel, but He can also walk with us as we go through our intimate trials.
He is telling us that there is no reason to be afraid or discouraged because he will not abandon us. He has everything under control and everything that is going to happen will happen under his watchful eye. Whatever storm God is using in our life, it is for a reason.
Sometimes it is to strengthen us or change us or deal with a flaw in us. Regardless of the reason for the time of suffering, His promise is that He will overcome it with us and be with us in any circumstance; whether it is hard or easy.
This verse is a statement of His complete and total willingness to participate in our lives. God wants us to know Him and His heart. He is a God of love and everything He allows or does is out of His love for us. He has no hidden agenda. God is with us and will always be with us every day of our lives.
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