Deuteronomy 31:1-8 (NIV)
Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: 2 “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ 3 The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the Lord said. 4 And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. 5 The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” 7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Over these past few weeks, we have said here I am Lord thank you for thinking enough of me to carry the assignment. Thank you for always providing clarity along the way, thank you for the favor for the assignment, and that you will provide us mentors for guidance. As we close this mini-series, we are going to look at God's ultimate promise for our assignment, that he will never leave nor forsake us. In our scripture lesson, we find Moses assuring Israel of the constant presence of God with them. Israel is in a state of transition between leaders as Moses is passing the baton to Joshua. In this passage, God is sending a message of faith and hope that He will never leave nor forsake them, just as Jesus sent in the New Testament in Hebrews 13:5. God is saying that I am your strength and I am the only one to sustain you for the journey and assignment. God is saying, yes I may have chosen you, favored you, given you clarity, and provided you a mentor for guidance, but your heart, faith, and hope needs to be anchored in me. For the devil will try to come up against you on the assignment and the only way to resist and flee is to be really assured in me. Today, I encourage you to cling and hold onto God's Ultimate Promise for the Assignment!