from Heather Kaufmann
“If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’ you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember what the Lord your God didto Pharaoh and to all Egypt, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out.” – Deuteronomy 7:17-19
The Israelites are told countless times in the Old Testament to “remember what the Lord your God did.” It strikes me that fear and remembering should be juxtaposed here: “you shall not be afraid… but you shall remember.” Flipping this phrase on its head, you could just as easily say that the Israelites were afraid because they did notremember. And here they are being challenged to remember, that they might no longer be afraid.
What would it look like to live out of a remembrance of all that the Lord has done for us? How would that then alter our fears and anxieties?
When I am afraid, I am fixated on all the potential negative outcomes of my future. I am thinking of all the things I can do to manage those outcomes. And I am anxious that things will still not turn out that way in the end. This passage challenges me to take a step back and to remember all the Lord has already done in my life, and to carry those things with me in my present reality. From that sure footing, I can more easily face the future with an assurance that the Lord is a provider – that he is present and at work and worthy of our trust.
Heather is ready for these Spring days to get warm enough so she can start hammocking again.