Deuteronomy 1:8, "Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants."
Today's reading seems like a nostalgic trip down memory lane. You can imagine the people listening and remembering all the events as Moses described them. We can also imagine there were moments of thankfulness for God's provision and protection with each memory. But there were also moments of regret as they wished they'd done things differently and trusted God more. It's said that if we don't learn from our past, we're destined to repeat it. This was an opportunity for the Israelites to prepare for their future by learning from their past.
It's natural for us to want to forget what's behind us and keep moving forward. But there are times when we need to recall how God has led us to where we are today. With awe, we should remember how we can be thankful for His guidance, protection, provision, grace, and forgiveness. It's in those moments of reflection that we can see His hand on our lives even when we didn't know it at the time. It's then when we are reminded what an awesome God He is as we move forward with renewed praise for Him.
Heavenly Father, Thank You! I can look back on my life and see Your hand even when I thought You were far away. I praise You for leading me and never giving up. Help me to reflect Your light and encourage others. In Jesus' name, Amen.