Today's Verse: Deuteronomy 1:21

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
— Deuteronomy 1:21
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

A word of encouragement is indispensable at the start of a new journey, especially when the journey demands people move through great danger to accomplish what God has promised to them. After four hundred years of slavery, the people now must summon their courage and follow Moses into the Promised Land. They had experienced the great deliverance of God through the Ten Plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, and the giving of the Torah — the Law of God — delivered on the mountain. Moses challenges them to be courageous and embrace the rich promises of God. My friend, we stand at a similar place in our time. With our world in decay and chaos, it is our turn to follow God's Word and embrace his promises without fear and discouragement. Rather than wallowing in pessimism, we are called to be God's light in our dark world (Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:14). Let's embrace this challenge as our great opportunity to shape the future for good and for God!

My Prayer...

As I face changing responsibilities and growing challenges, O, God, please remind me of your promises, allay my fears with your presence, strengthen my resolve with your Spirit, and lead me by your will as I obey your Scriptures. May the victories I experience always bring glory and honor to you. O, Father, I want my life to always point to you as the source of my achievements and strength! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Deuteronomy 1:21 — See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.