Remember God’s Eternal Plan

Bruce Fiol

READ : Deuteronomy 31:30–32:9

Remember the days of old. (32:7)

The preacher was concluding his final sermon. The 40-year wilderness migration was at an end. And he composed an epic song for the occasion. It’s full of God—his attributes, his loving, providential care for his chosen people. And it’s a recapitulation of the history of their redemption. “Look back,” implored the preacher, “and remember what God has brought you through.

“Many struggles. The journey has not been easy. You’ve encountered thirst and hunger, you’ve spent years in the inhospitable desert. Remember, too, the times you rebelled and disobeyed. Recall God’s heavy, yet gracious hand of discipline. Reflect upon the lessons God has taught you about his patience, holiness, and mercy, and his eagerness to forgive the penitent.

“But in all your remembering, focus on God’s gracious plan. Because he loves you so fervently, he’s never forgotten you. He’s travelled each step with you. He’s protected you from adversity, danger, and opposition. And he’s brought you all this way to the threshold of the Promised Land, just as he promised he would do.”

Then the great lawgiver concluded with these words: “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today . . . command them to your children. . . . For it is no empty word for you, but your very life” (32:46-47).

PRAYER

Dear Father, looking back at the countless ways you reveal your love leaves us tongue-tied, except to mutter, “Thank you.”