March 13

Deuteronomy 1:1-3:11

Moses knows he is going to die soon. So what is it he wants to leave with the Israelites? These words in Deuteronomy record his last message to the nation he had led for forty years.

Moses begins by going over their history together. Remember, his audience had been pretty young when the Israelites left Egypt and arrived at the Jordan some forty years before. It was their parents’ disbelief which caused them to wander in the desert without ever taking the land God had promised them.

Now that generation is gone and the oldest Jew is only around 60 years old. Yet Moses is speaking to them as though it was their sin and not their parents’ who kept them out of Canaan.

We are all products of our upbringing. Raised by imperfect parents we are all imperfect people. Some of us have a great deal to overcome and some of us are living on solid foundations. But here is what God is saying to me today. We have choices. We can live in the past, blame our parents for our struggles, and allow the past to prevent us from ever seeing Canaan. Or we can give it to God and allow Him to heal us. We can, if necessary, refuse to walk the path our parents walked and enjoy a close relationship with the Father who will never fail us.

Moses is right to go over their history with these young Israelites. It’s important for us to take a realistic look at where we’ve been, too. But we don’t have to live there. If you are carrying the burden of your past, I pray you will find a counselor, pastor, or a friend who loves the Lord. Talk to someone who can help you find the answers you need and the courage to go on. God wants us to enjoy this journey.

I am praying for each of you who find this blog today. You may be one who is hurting. Or you may be one who can encourage someone who is. As God speaks to you, may He find you willing to obey.

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