'O Lord GOD, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?Deuteronomy 3:24(ESV)
God has a plan for each of our lives just as He had a plan for His chosen nation of Israel. God had rescued His people from Egyptian bondage in order to bring them into the land that He had promised to them, through their forefathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
For two years the Israelites had received instructions from the Lord Who established the Law of Moses, defeated their enemies, sustained all their bodily needs and provided them with their Tabernacle, for the worship of God. At last they discovered that they were only an eleven days journey from God’s Promised Land of Canaan. But due to unbelief, disobedience, murmuring and rebellious hearts, God allowed His people too wander for a further 38 years, before allowing the little company to finally cross the Jordan into the Land of Promise.
Although Canaan is not a picture of heaven, it beautifully illustrates the goodness of God’s grace and spiritual richness that believers have in Christ today, for He is our inheritance, Who is kept for us in heavenly places, and He is our promised Rest, Who is one day coming to take us to be with Himself, forever.
As the time came for Israel to enter into their earthly rest Moses was inspired to pray: O Lord God, You have only begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? - and we who been brought into union with Christ and have responded to His word by grace through faith, have only scratched the surface of who we are in Christ and all the privileges that are already ours in Him, if we will simply trust His word, obey His commands, be content in our calling and live humbly before Him all the days of our life.
What a great comfort are the many precious verses, contained within the Word of God. The vast expanses of the universe and the intricacy of every facet of His creation is a small reflection of God’s loving-kindness and faithfulness towards those that love Him. As we journey through life we have been give all that we need for life and godliness - all that we need to defeat every city of Jericho that may have encroached on our position in Christ.
God cares deeply for each of us and as with Israel, nothing has happened or can ever happen in our lives that does not concern Him deeply. He hears our cries for help and gives us the grace to stand fast in this evil day. And as we seek to abide in Christ and He is us we begin to understand that God has You have only just begun to show us His greatness and His mighty hand - for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as our God?
If the One Who flung stars into space also cares for each tiny fledgling sparrow – how much more can we depend upon His love and faithfulness towards us, (as did Israel). It is in His strength that we are enabled to battle the satanic giants that bar our way. It in Him alone that we can continue to claim a better resurrection in our own spiritual battle for the Lord – and it is all done by grace through faith in Christ alone.
Loving Father, You alone are great and wonderful – You alone are faithful and trustworthy, and Your glory reaches into the heavens. Thank You for caring for me. AMEN.