He Will Never Leave
Date: December 6, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."
L - Listen for God's Voice and Pray: Dear God, help me remember that I can be strong and fearless because You are with me, just like it says in this verse. Thank You for your constant presence in my life.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: Deuteronomy is essentially a series of speeches that Moses delivered to the Israelites as they were encamped on the eastern banks of the Jordan River. These speeches were given toward the end of Moses' life, and they served as a sort of farewell address. The Israelites were on the verge of entering the Promised Land, and Moses wanted to ensure they were spiritually prepared for the challenges they would face.
The Israelites had experienced numerous trials and tribulations during their wilderness wanderings. They had seen God's miracles and providence firsthand, yet they also had moments of doubt and disobedience. It was a time of transition, with a new generation set to inherit the land promised to their ancestors.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"Be brave and confident": This means we should try not to be too scared because God has our back.
"The Lord your God": This part reminds us that it's our special God who is with us, the One who loves us so much.
"Is always with you": This is the best part! It means God is never far away, no matter what.
S - Summarize and Share:
What a timeless reminder of God's faithfulness and His call for us to be strong and courageous in our faith journey! Moses' words were not just for the Israelites crossing the Jordan River, but for all believers throughout history.
Think about moments in your life when you faced challenges or uncertainties. Maybe you felt like the Israelites standing at the edge of the unknown. In those times, God's message to "be strong and courageous" is just as relevant for you.
Fear can be a powerful force, but it loses its grip when we remember that the LORD our God is with us. His presence is our constant companion, and He promises never to leave us or forsake us. This truth should fill us with confidence, knowing that we don't face life's trials alone.
Consider situations where you need strength and courage right now. It could be a difficult decision, a new chapter in life, or simply facing the challenges of each day. Remember that God goes with you into those situations. His presence is your source of strength and courage.
As you think about this verse, allow it to instill a sense of boldness in your heart. Let it be a source of comfort during times of fear and uncertainty. Know that God's faithfulness is unwavering, and He walks beside you every step of the way.
4 Bible Cross References:
Psalm 23:4 (NIV): "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
Joshua 1:9 (NIV): "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV): "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Matthew 28:20 (NIV): "And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age."