” … how the LORD your God carried you … “
What a powerful sentence. The LORD your God carried you. You. And He continues to carry YOU. To carry each of us. In times of trial and joy. The sad thing is that in times of trial, we are numb to feel His arms around us and remember He is carrying us. He gives us no more than we are capable of handling. In times of joy, we just forget to acknowledge Him, the source of all that is good.
It’s powerful in the book of Deuteronomy how we’re reminded that God keeps His word. Chapters 1-3 reviews Numbers and in that review, we’re reminded of what God asked for and how He punished when defied. After so many betrayals, God took away a promise, the one that those in the Exodus would see the promised land. This promise was revoked because of their treatment, their consideration of God, with the exception of Caleb and Joshua and ‘the young’.
The Hebrews are always thought of as quiet, caring, intelligent peoples. Deuteronomy presents them as strong, violent warriors. Granted, they were carrying out God’s command; but they still ‘destroyed’ every home and town and killed every person. Perhaps if we Christians better understood what the Hebrews of that time were truly about or like, we would be able to better understand them today and know how to speak to them of the Savior they’ve not accepted.
In being disciples, we’re called to put ourselves in the place of others so we can approach them from where there are and help carry them. That does not mean we have to do what they do (illicit drugs or violence, etc) but that we are to see them where they are and not judge them but encourage them to a different way.