Anything faced in life … be it meeting deadlines or making it through school to graduation requires the ability to remain optimistic. Remain inspired by faith, history and mystery for what once caused misery or pain can be turned around to result in a gain.
This day with God will be amazing because we will grasp the future by knowing our history. God can take the tough situations of our past and turn them into something positive. Out of intense difficulties, God can make simplicities emerge. We can be prepared by learning from the lessons of the past, following the instructions of the present, and gaining direction from our vision for the future.
Reading today in Deuteronomy 11, Moses reminds the people of the past signs given by God. He had set up opportunity for them to escape from bondage in Egypt. As they escaped, it looked like they would be captured but then He parted the Red Sea. When they kept God’s laws and commands, they were blessed but were cursed when they rebelled against God.
Now, they were getting set to take possession of the Promised Land. The land flowing with milk and honey. Moses warns them to keep God’s commands and they would be given strength to make it happen. God would bring rain for their land so they could grow crops and they would have plenty of grass for their cattle.
They would flourish if they obeyed God’s commands but the outcome for not keeping God’s commands would be no rain for crops and they would perish. Moses was giving the people a speech much like a commencement speech. They had gone through the years in the wilderness but had made it and were graduating into a new phase of opportunity in their life.
This day with You Lord, we strive to be inspired by faith, history, and mystery. The past has been amazing but there are remarkable things left in the future. We have optimism today because of what you’ve done in the past and we believe in Your mysterious power to step in to redirect the fate of our future. Amen.