• Rev. Mark Tews

God Has Done it All

“See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 1:21).

As we read the words of Moses in the first chapter of Deuteronomy, God’s people were about to enter the land of Canaan. God told his children, as a loving father would tell his child, “Have no fear and don’t be discouraged, it’s going to be alright.” Place yourself in the shoes of one of the Israelites freed from the bondage of slavery and on their way toward the Promised Land. You’ve now walked for forty years in the wilderness and watched everyone that had been twenty years old or more die there, just as God had said. You would’ve known at least three things: 1) There would be difficulties and/or obstacles along the way, 2) That sooner or later, you would be in the midst of the storms you could see coming from far off, and 3) The only way out of the storms and troubles was going to be through the power of God.

The Israelites knew their journey was not going to be easy. They had to be thinking, as we often do, “God has promised me something over there, but right now I am still over here.” It was a long journey. They had to have clothing, food, and shelter. Not only that, but this journey was not just about one Israelite; it was about them all – men, women, and children. Like the Israelites, our journey through life isn’t easy. We can usually see the storms coming: bills piling up, relationships going sour, health eroding, or a multitude of other personal problems. We have to be thinking, “There are going to be some tough times ahead, and I just don’t know how I’m going to make it.” Well, God assured the Israelites then, and you and me today, the way to weather life’s storms: we need only to remain faithful, obedient, and unafraid.

Even when the winds of confusion are blowing, God will be with you. The Almighty God, the God of Peace and Righteousness, is always with you. When you see storms coming, or when you find yourself walking in the wilderness, shout to the Lord: “You are my Rock, my Refuge, my Mighty Fortress, my Deliverer, my Strength, my Provider, my Peace, and my Comfort!” He is the most-high God and has everything under control. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, God has it under control.

Through Moses, God reminded the Israelites of what they could do when they trusted in Him. He reminded them that they had just gone through the great and terrible wilderness to get back to the Promised Land. When we look back on our lives and where God has taken us, we can see that He has seen us through a lot of struggles: financial hills, lost patience, lost control, among many other things. God never left your side through all of those struggles. Just keep hanging onto His hand. Keep holding onto His promises, and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. God has moved us from where we were to where we are now. And as we look to Him and His Word, we can see into eternal glory where our God wants us to be.

God has done it all for us. We are all created equal, but it is what we are equal to that really counts. In other words, we can’t discover new oceans unless we lose sight of the shore. We can’t find new discoveries in our lives until we let go of the things that we fear. If you’re going through a storm right now or dealing with something that is holding you back, all you must do is look to what God has already made yours. He is going to make the way straight and true. Believe it and take up possession of it in the name of Jesus. Do not be afraid and do not be discouraged.