Deuteronomy: I told you so…

Cover to Cover

Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-2:37

Focus: Deuteronomy 1:41-45

There is one particular line that I dread hearing from my parents… “I told you so.” It’s a line many of us never wish to hear. Yet, in our arrogance we think that our own ability and will is enough to change circumstances. You were warned that doing it alone or doing it your way would result in failure, but no, you had to go and try to prove them wrong… “I told you so, don’t come crying to me for help…” Why do we always have something to prove?

Anyhow, here in Deuteronomy, Moses was recapping the story of the Israelites from the Exodus. Upon the first arrival on the borders of the Promised Land, Moses recounted how they were discouraged by the news of the scouts and God decided to send them back into the desert so that the unbelieving generation might pass away and the new would rise up to take the Promised Land. In their arrogance, not wanting to go back into the desert, gathered their weapons to go fight the inhabitants of the Promised Land, however, God did not go with them as they had already rejected Him. As a result they were utterly defeated… “I told you so…”

There is such a powerful reminder that unless God goes before us, that God goes with us that we will find ourselves in deep trouble. We may come out the other end, but it won’t be without serious scars and bruises. We struggle, we fight, we wrestle our way through, but it need not be that way. If we would only submit, surrender and allow God to be God, allow God to take His rightful place as king…it would make all the difference. If we would only take heed, we wouldn’t come back to hear the words, “I told you so…”

Next Reading: Deuteronomy 3:1-5:22