Moses had been told by God that he would not enter the promised land with the Israelites. The people had become accustomed to following Moses’s lead and he wanted to encourage them that it was God who would guide them into the promise. Even with a change of leadership, it was God who would guide the people and not Moses. This would renew the people’s trust in the Lord, rather than to put their confidence in Moses.
God is a constant friend who is near to us. He has promised time and time again in his word to never leave us nor forsake us. His promise is to shelter and protect us and to direct our footsteps. When we trust, lean and depend on him, he directs our path. We have to learn how to rely on and trust in Jesus to help and defend us. There are some situations that we have to surrender totally to him and trust his leading. Then our steps will be ordered by the Lord: and he will delight in our ways (Psalm 37:23).
We cannot allow ourselves to be distressed by the trouble that surrounds us. It does not matter what happens in the world, when we know that God transcends this world. “Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalms 46:1-3).
Let us continue to trust in the Lord and do not rely on your own understanding. We do not need to fear if the Lord goes before us to guide our footsteps. God knows what we need before we need it. He knows our thoughts and he understand what we are worried about. We need to pray about the things that cause us anxiety. Whenever I feel anxious about something, I generally pray until I feel at peace about it. The anxiety is often an indication that I haven’t surrendered that issue completely to God. Either that or it’s a stronghold that the devil is using to cause me distress. Either way, if it’s worth worrying about, then it is worth talking to God about. He will not abandon us so we have absolutely nothing to fear.
“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you” (Psalms 91:5-7).