Scripture: Deuteronomy 1-2, Mark 12

Deuteronomy 1:26-31

Observation

In Deuteronomy 1, Moses retells the story of sending the 12 spies into the land, the bad report they gave, and the peoples’ response. In 1:26-28, the people rebelled against the Lord, and grumbled against Him, saying, “the Lord hates us” so He brought us out of Egypt to kill us here.

In contrast, in v. 29-31 Moses replies that the Lord has gone and will go before them, that the Lord would fight for them just as He had in Egypt, and that they had seen how the Lord had carried them all the way, as a father carries his son. Moses said all this to no effect—they wouldn’t trust the Lord.

Two stories: God hates us, or God loves us. God wants to kill us, or God is fighting for us and carrying us.

Application

Oh, the stories we tell ourselves!

Moses and the people had all lived through the same experiences, but they told two very different narratives. The people’s story was that God hated them and wanted to kill them. Moses’ story was that God was going before them, carrying them and fighting for them! As a result of these stories, Moses trusted God and wanted to move forward, and the people didn’t trust God and were stuck.

If you’re stuck, check your story!

What’s the narrative about God that plays in your mind? What’s the story about God that you’re telling yourself? Is God for you or against you? Tell yourself the truth!

Prayer: Lord, help us to tell ourselves the truth! Help us to believe the truth about You and then to trust You fully.