Highlights:

Moses reviews the Lord’s goodness to the Israelites; the years in the wilderness; failure to enter the promised land because of unbelief; Israelites conquer Sihon.

For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: He knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing (Deut. 2:7).

Despite their miraculous deliverance from Egypt, a supply of food and water, and the cloud by day and the fire by night to guide them, the older generation still complained and found fault with everything. They failed to enter the promised land because they didn't believe that God would give them victory over the Canaanites.

The adult Children of Israel who had left Egypt did not realize that their hardships were designed to test their faith and prepare them to defeat the Canaanites (8:2). As a consequence of their sin of unbelief, that first generation failed to accomplish the will of God and wasted their lives wandering in the wilderness until they all had died except for Caleb and Joshua.

We too face a choice. We can be like the Children of Israel who found excuses for their failure, or we can choose to be like Caleb and Joshua, whose faith led them to be faithful servants.

Like the majority of that first generation, some today have made no spiritual progress since they first believed. They refuse to be involved in the Church even though Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it. They disregard their Lord’s communion table even though their Savior said: This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me (I Corinthians 11:25). Many times prayer is neglected, even though its necessity is no secret to even the newest of believers.

Christians can rejoice that by faith in the Word of God they overcome the “giants” in their lives of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (I John 2:15-17). It is our privilege as Christians to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22). Just as God had a plan for Israel, so He has a plan for His sons and daughters.

Regardless of adverse circumstances, loving submission to the Lord develops our faith in His ability to guide, protect, and provide for our every need. We should live to do the will of God that he (we) no longer should live the rest of his (our) time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries (I Peter 4:2-3).

Thought for Today:

Will we respond to our trying circumstances like Caleb and by faith be faithful servants?

Word Studies:

1:2 mount Seir, mountain range in Edom that includes Mount Sinai; 1:12 bear your cumbrance, endure your complaints; 2:9 Distress not, Do not create a problem; 2:14 were wasted out, had died; host, men of war of that generation.

Christ Portrayed:

By Moses, who spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them (Deuteronomy 1:3). Jesus faithfully told others everything God told Him to say. I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things (John 8:28).

Pray for Government Officials: on your local, State, and Federal levels • Military worldwide • Staff: Jennifer Palafox • Country: Guyana (705,000) on the northeastern coast of South America • Major languages: English and Amerindian dialects • The government is becoming increasingly Marxist, radical, and atheistic • 36% Hindu; 28% Protestant; 10% Roman Catholic; 9% Muslim • Prayer Suggestion: Call unto the Lord and He will give you strength to overcome (Jeremiah 33:3).

Optional Reading: Luke 16

NOTE: Bible Pathway covers the Old Testament with devotional and commentary insights over a nine-month period, January through September. Each day during these months, an optional reading of one chapter a day from the New Testament will also be listed. The October, November, and December issues will provide a daily commentary on the New Testament readings. Thus, the reader goes through the New Testament twice each year using the Bible Pathway plan.

Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 4:16