Chapter-a-Day Deuteronomy 2

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 God, your God, has blessed you in everything you have done. He has guarded you in your travels through this immense wilderness. For forty years now, God, your God, has been right here with you. You haven’t lacked one thing. Deuteronomy 2:7 (MSG)

A week or so ago our family was gathered for dinner and somewhere in the middle of the conversation my parents began to reminisce about some specific ways God had been good to our family, recalling particular instances when God worked in mysterious, even miraculous ways.

I was glad for the conversation and glad for my daughters there, hearing the stories. I have my own stories to share as I look back over 45 years. Some of them I’ve told and some they likely have yet to hear. It’s good to know how God’s faithfulness extends through generations. Today’s chapter is one of a regular stream of instances in which God tells the people to remember all that He’s done for them.

As my mind wanders back to being a child spending Sundays at the dinner table with my parents and grandparents, I remember sitting in church singing a sweet little hymn:

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
Count your blessings name them one by one.
Count your blessings see what God has done.

And so, like Moses and his followers, I let my mind wander back over 40+ years and remember all the ways I’m incredibly blessed. Counting blessings is a great attitude adjuster.

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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Deuteronomy 2”

  1. God said to me, “This is the day you cut across the territory of Moab, at Ar.

    We have all heard the saying that one has to wait patiently for the best things in life. This verse struck me today. The Israelites had been wandering for 40 years in the desert and this day God says, “this is the day…..”. Have you ever been impatient with God? I have. Yet when the day arrives, “this day”… it is so much more blessed when we have waited. I am reminded today to be patient and wait on the Lord. He comes through in HIS time.

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