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Deuteronomy 4:24 – For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

At this point in Deuteronomy, Moses has been informed that he (and many others) will not be allowed to enter the promised land due to unbelief. Moses and many others did not trust that God could provide the promised land after He promised that He would do so. In other words, they saw the giants in the land and believed them to be more powerful than God. Yes, God is a jealous God, and He did not appreciate being compared to (and deemed lesser than) these tall people in the land of Canaan. Moses reminds his audience (and us) that God will not stand for simple-minded, finite people who are unwilling to trust Him. God wants us to be committed to His power and glory. He wants us to serve Him with willing and confident hearts. If we are to follow Him, we need to be unwavering in our trust in His abilities (Heb. 12:28-29). God will only be patient for a short time with people who see Him as less than He truly is. He is an amazing creator who controls all things and can do whatever He wants to do. God is awesome! Do not let the world or your circumstances trick you into thinking any less of Him. God is bigger than your financial struggles. God is more powerful than your depression. God is higher than your marital issues. Yes, He can calm your anxiety, He can provide you with a new job, He can strengthen your heart when you are weak, and He can give you rest when you are tired.

What’s more, God has defeated the devil. There is no super-natural battle between Christ and Satan. Nope, and there never was. Satan is a created being who is under the eternal control of God. We can stand in the shelter of His wings (Ps. 91:4) and live in confidence that He is in control (Deut, 31:8). Trust Him, for He is faithful.

 David Miller, is the Associate Dean for the traditional program, assistance professor of Bible and theology, Director of the honors program.

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