The LORD said to Moses, “Don’t be afraid of him, for I have handed him over to you, with his whole army and his land.” Numbers 21:34
Today God speaks to us through His word. How awesome a treasure the Bible is, filled with direction and promise for our daily life. King David noted, “your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”(Psalm 119:105). The author of Hebrews goes on to remind us that “the word of God is living and active (4:12).” Even the apostle Paul, a man truly in touch with the Father, wrote similar thoughts: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Wandering nearly forty years in an unforgiving desert has the potential to wear one’s heart thin. Scorching heat, unrelenting sun, and burning sand tempt a person’s mind into forgetting all the good that came before the hurt. “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword?” (Numbers 14:2-3) Moses had every opportunity to quit. His own people wanted to go back to Egypt! However, obeying God allowed Moses to persevere.
We will walk through our own deserts in life, where the scorching stab of rejection, unrelenting ache of hardships, and burning pain of loss bring our very souls to a place where quitting seems to be the only option. Our Heavenly Father, however, commands us to go on because He is with us always. As we read His word and fill our souls with its life-changing power, all fear that was once in us will fast become unbridled faith! The same God that helped Moses and the Israelites defeat the king of Bashan (Numbers 21:33-35) is with us today!