"See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed." (ESV)"Look! The Lord your God has given the land that lies before you. Go and possess it, just as the Lord God of your ancestors commanded you. Don’t be afraid or discouraged." (ISV)"Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged." (NKJV)
I thought it would be interesting to continue through Deuteronomy 1 as the subject of not fearing or being bold comes up a few more time. Only a few verses after yesterday's verse, we have another command from God telling us not to fear. Here we see how faithful and consistent that God truly is. God has made promises and God has fulfilled those promises. That is all well in good in those Old Testament times when God was ever presence, but what about in 2015 when no one has seen a vision of a God as a burning bush or heard his voice booming from the sky? Is there a difference.
It is hard for me, and I suspect others, to read through the Old Testament and read the glorious stories of the prophets having these miraculous revelations and experiences in which God is so present and so forthright. Then, we look around in the present day and we haven't seen those type of experiences. Is that true though, or are we just less likely to believe them. Do we just call those people crazy? Do we just tell those people that they are making excuses for radical behavior? I think that is the case.
We see time after time the repetitive stories of God's faithfulness, so why would we believe that it was any different now? It reminds me of the song Do Something by Matthew West. God is still here with us in 2015, but are we listening? Are we following? Are we obeying?