Deuteronomy 20:1

When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.  NIV

I realized this morning that I really don’t know that much about Deuteronomy, and yet, it contains several of the “fear not” reminders that I’ve found so far.  My NIV Bible has an introduction to each chapter of the Bible, so I went there and discovered that “the word ‘deuteronomy’ means repetition of the law. After forty years the Israelites were about to enter Canaan.  But before they did, Moses wanted to remind them of their history, all that God had done for them, and the laws they had to continue to obey as God’s chosen people.”  The introduction also says that it Moses wrote the book shortly before his death.

I think that is beautiful.  Moses would not be going with the people into the promised land, but he took the time to write down the things that he had experienced with them and to give them reminders of what to do and how much God loved them.

I love this verse.  It speaks directly to one of my favorite stories — David and Goliath.  David had taken this reminder to heart.

And, it speaks to me.  When I face obstacles that seem impossible to overcome, I don’t have to be worried or afraid.  The Lord, my God, is with me!

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