Deut. 1-3 Why did God save “me?”
This new generation may or may not have grown up in Egypt, but they have seen all that God has done in the last 40 years. Looking back, where was I, 40 yrs. ago? What have I seen? What victories can I share, and what failures would I like to forget? That is what Moses is saying to the Israelites. When they trusted God, He provided and protected, and when they chose not to trust Him, they failed-BIG TIME; Kadesh Barnea in particular.
Next, Moses reminds them of the grace of God to those who seem the most unlikely: Esau and Lot. Both, like you and I, had failures on top of failures, yet God’s mercy and grace abounded! When we look at our lives, do we stop and wonder why God would choose to save each of us? Isaiah has the answer: “Indeed, my plans are not like your plans, and my deeds are not like your deeds,” says the Lord,” [Is. 55:8] Paul in the NT asks “who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?” [Rom 11:34]
Today, as you read these first three chapters of Deuteronomy stop and thank God, who is “compassionate and gracious…slow to anger, and abounding in loyal love and faithfulness,” [Ex. 34:6]