Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:19-33
My wife and I have been greatly blessed as parents of three boys. Like many families, there have been challenges and blessings along the way as we grew up together as a family. I remember the times, with each son, of being involved in teaching them to do things for the first time. It was always something of an ordeal whether it was the first unsupported bike ride or swimming on their own or taking the wheel of the car. Each situation was difficult for them. In their eyes, they were facing huge risks - could they trust what Dad was telling them, could they make the leap of faith, would it all work out? From their perspective, the fact that millions upon millions of other kids had previously mastered these things was completely irrelevant. All that mattered was what was in front of them personally at that particular moment.
I can only imagine how the Father felt as the events described in this passage of Scripture unfolded in front of Him. He was opening up a whole new wondrous experience for His people. He urged them on the basis of how they could trust Him, “…you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way…” Nevertheless, despite living in the presence of the Creator of the universe, despite His many previous acts of faithfulness, despite the glory and wonder of who He is, the Israelites could not bring themselves to make the leap of faith.
I remember those special moments of delightful joy when our sons would leave behind their fear and make the leap of faith; the look of confidence and accompanying celebration followed by the eventual peace of triumph; the realization that it had all worked out. Delight the LORD your God today, trust Him in some small thing or hey, go crazy and finally release some long standing fear and live into the day abundantly! You can do it because He can do it. He did it all through Jesus and now Jesus waits to “carry you all the way.” Go ahead, do it, in Jesus’ name.
~Rich Drinovz, Emmanuel ECC, Surrey, BC