“Surely the LORD your God has blessed you in all your undertakings; he knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” Deuteronomy 2:7
Moses speaks to the Israelites at the end of the final stage of their 40 year wandering in the wilderness. He recounts the journey, he reissues the law, he recounts God’s promise(s) and God’s faithfulness. All this in preparation for the next phase, crossing over the Jordan into the Promised Land. Do I look forward in faith? Did I look forward in faith as confidently as I look back remembering what God has done? Do I look back and remember? Who am I confident in? As God’s people, as congregations of the church of Jesus Christ who are we confident in, do we remain faithful? Do we look back and see, give glory to God, or ourselves? Do we step out into the future in faith? Faith that God delivers His promises – confident that even if called upon to wander in a wilderness, that God will bless all our undertakings, that He is with us and we will lack nothing we need? O God, wilderness wanderings are times to draw close to you, to depend on you, to trust and have faith in you – so are journeys into the future, times of feasting and joy, of eating the fat and drinking sweet wine. May I always remember you are the God of promise and give you all the glory and remain faithful in you not myself.