Our passage today should bring humility to each one of us. Moses is telling Israel that they are about to go into the land the Lord has promised and conquer mighty nations. Nations like the sons of Anakim, who are known to be giants at this time. But notice that in verse 3, Moses makes it clear that the Lord is going to be the one to destroy the other nations. The reason God can destroy these nations is because “of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God is driving them out from before you” (v. 5). Pay attention that it has nothing to do with how righteous Israel is. Moses makes this clear in verse 6, “Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people.”
This should bring humility to each of us because God is ultimately the one to destroy wickedness. We are all like Israel, stubborn. We sin every single day, so we cannot praise ourselves for our righteousness. Instead, we should be praising God that He has delivered us from wickedness and not destroyed us, because that is what He should have done. Only through Jesus can we be righteous, because He covers all of our sins.
Take time today to praise God for not destroying us in our wickedness. Also, praise Him because one day there will never be wickedness again. He will restore all things back to perfect!
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice