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.”
At the time Moses spoke these words, he was nearing the end of his life. He is saying them to Joshua as he is about to step into leading Israel into the Promised Land. Due to some disobedience on Moses’ part, he would not live to see the children of Israel enter the land to possess it.
As the leader, though, Moses is making sure to convey God-confidence to Joshua. Moses knows what Joshua will face as a leader of these people. He’s been there. Moses could have not said anything to Joshua. He could have been pig-headed and said, “I know what I am to tell you, but because you’re taking my place, forget it, buddy.”
No. Moses continues as a godly leader up to the end.
I wonder what these words from Moses meant to Joshua.
I’m not an Israelite nor living back in the day, but these words mean much to me even today.
I am chosen of God as His child.
Because of that, He will never leave me nor forsake me.
When facing life (everyday) He goes before me.
He is with me. He will be with me. When it’s good and when it’s rough, He will be with me.
I am not to fear.
I have no need for discouragement.
My trials are trivial compared to what some of you face. They are trials nonetheless. Tomorrow, something more trying could take the place of today’s trial. But, it’s a trial.
How am I going to respond?
How are you going to respond to your trial?
The other thing I like about this is that Moses is offering that God-confidence to the next in line. Like I’ve said already, Moses knows what is ahead for Joshua. They all knew (God had made it clear in His talk with them about blessings for obedience and cursings for disobedience).
It’s important in the body of Christ to encourage one another through situations with truths from the Lord. What offers more comfort that God’s Word?
As we go about, let us be about God’s Word and offering it back to brothers and sisters who are fearful or worried with what they face.