Deuteronomy 1

Deuteronomy 1:1-46

SUMMARYDoubting God

OVERVIEWMoses reviews Israel’s past. Israel’s doubt caused their trip to the promised land to increase from eleven days to forty years.

BIG IDEAWhen we doubt God, we believe we are god instead.

KEY VERSEDeuteronomy 1:42–43 (Moses to Israel)
But the Lord told me to tell you, “Do not attack, for I am not with you. If you go ahead on your own, you will be crushed by your enemies.’” This is what I told you, but you would not listen. Instead, you again rebelled against the Lord’s command and arrogantly went into the hill country to fight.

Doubt is normal. You live in a world that has programmed itself to fear. The world’s economy depends on stress, anxiety, and isolation. Doubt may attempt to influence you, but you don’t have to live with it. Dismiss doubt and put your faith in me. Trust me when others fear. Walk with me and turn to me when others look within. The best way to prepare for your day is to remember who I am, what I’ve done, and what I’ve promised.

Reflect on my character, recall the ways I’ve provided, review the promises I’ve made and the dreams I’ve put on your heart. I love you and will continue to do so, regardless of how you feel. I will be with you even when you feel alone. If you’re going to doubt, doubt your feelings. Place your faith in me today and every day. Follow me as I work in and around you.

Identify something that concerns or worries you and pray about it. Present it to God. If you feel anxious about it at any time today, stop and pray. Replace your fear with faith. Exchange anxiety with trust. Thank God that he is in control.


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