“But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year.”
It’s hard to imagine the scene. For 40 years the Israelites have been wandering through the desert. One step forward and two back it seems. They had left the enslavement and harsh treatment of Egypt behind, going off to a land of their own a land flowing with milk and honey. But for years that land seemed far off, they moved but no closer to it. The grumbling had begun, the past for all it’s horrors and harsh treatment seemed better than an uncertain future.
But now here it is, the promised and longed for land was before them they are about to go into it and make theirs.
2017 has begun, the corner has been turned 2016 is in the past. What is it you are hoping for as you enter into this year. What fears are you facing? What longings do you have? Are their uncertainties that make the past, despite it’s discomfort, more pleasant than the unknown tomorrow?
Are you excited? Full of enthusiasm, looking forward to what is ahead? Stepping into the unknown but full of joyful expectation?
Whatever your situation may be, these verses from deuteronomy bring us great comfort.
Eyes – God’s eyes are on you. Not as a distant observer, but as a loving, tender companion. He looks on you with love – you are valuable to him. He wants what is best for you.
Whose eyes? God’s eyes – he is personally invested in your future. He hasn’t delegated responsibility to anyone else. He cares for you . He’s the one who walks with you, it’s his arms that were outstretched for you and stretch out to you.
Always – he is always looking out for you 24/7. He doesn’t nod off on the job. He is the careful God not the careless God. You are never alone or abandoned. He is with you always.
May this year be one where you claim that promise of God to be near you. That you build on your relationship with him, and that you experience his love, his compassion, his joy in you and his desire for you to live life and have it to the full.