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Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be Strong and of a Good Courage

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.

– Deuteronomy 31:6

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

This verse is what Moses said to the Israelites. Moses experienced the life in the wilderness for several decades. God entrusted him with leading the Israelites out of Egypt and to cross the Red Sea. During his experiences, he saw so many God’s wonderful deeds, almightiness, and wisdom, and he deeply felt no matter what hardships and dangers he encountered, God was with him, made him firm and emboldened, and opened up a path for him, so that his faith in God became steadfast and he could say such encouraging words. These words also always encourage our heart of following God. During the process of our following God, we often suffer many kinds of trials such as the persecutions of the satanic regime, the ridicule and slander of the world, and the misunderstandings and rejections of our relatives and friends. Sometimes, we will feel weak and afraid. However, these words give us faith and courage to face these persecutions and tribulations. As long as we truly rely on God, we can also, like Moses, see God’s deeds in our experiences, know God is by our side and that He has never left us, believe in our heart that God rules over everything and that God is our only reliance and assistance, and feel anything can be accomplished by relying on God. God’s words say, “Until, one day, you will feel that the Creator is no longer a riddle, that the Creator has never been hidden from you, that the Creator has never concealed His face from you, that the Creator is not at all far from you, that the Creator is no longer the One that you constantly long for in your thoughts but that you cannot reach with your feelings, that He is really and truly standing guard to your left and right, supplying your life, and controlling your destiny. He is not on the remote horizon, nor has He secreted Himself high up in the clouds. He is right by your side, presiding over your all, He is everything that you have, and He is the only thing you have. Such a God allows you to love Him from the heart, cling to Him, hold Him close, admire Him, fear to lose Him, and be unwilling to renounce Him any longer, disobey Him any longer, or any longer to evade Him or put Him at a distance. All you want is to care for Him, obey Him, requite all that He gives you, and surrender to His dominion. You no longer refuse to be guided, supplied, watched over, and kept by Him, no longer refuse what He dictates and ordains for you. All you want is to follow Him, walk alongside Him to His left or right, all you want is to accept Him as your one and only life, to accept Him as your one and only Lord, your one and only God.

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