A new generation was on the scene. Canaan—the Promised Land—was just beyond the border. The Hebrews were eager to invade and claim the territory. For almost 500 years, they had lived away from home, like fugitives. They longed to settle down and deepen their roots. But a very strategic matter had to be settled beforehand.
We all have a desire to be important. But life isn’t about satisfying our desires. It’s about leaving a legacy of a well-lived life. And God has made it plain how to do that.
One reason God placed us within families is to prepare us for the world, even if takes hearing the truth “a thousand times.”
We often go back to basics when we come to an event that requires renewed determination. That's where the Hebrews were in the book of Deuteronomy. The people had been wandering in the wilderness but were now almost home.
Every which way you turn, the culture, through the ever-present media, launches a new attack on our dedication to the biblical view of marriage. How can Christian marriages survive such onslaughts? Only through commitment. The good old-fashioned hard work of sticking it out!
Sufficiently prepared by Moses before his death, the people committed themselves to the tough task of conquering Canaan, which they accomplished with the sovereign assistance of Jehovah. Divided, they could never have done it. Unified, they were strong. The same is true for churches today.
We all need wisdom and courage to stand up to false accusations. If you’re on the receiving end of hurtful words stay calm, speak the truth, and trust your defence to the Lord.