Notice that Israel never deserved God’s salvation. It is only by His grace that Israel enters the Promised Land. Salvation by grace not works is the Old Testament doctrine too.
* Saviour God, You ransom our souls from the power of Sheol, hallelujah!
“Do not contend with them, for I will not give you any of their land,”
As Israel reaches the end of their desert wandering, Moses reminds them of the Lord’s fences and boundaries that He laid out.
The Edomites and Ammonites were off-limits at this time.
This wasn’t because God thought those peoples were “okay”. There would be war between them and Israel in time.
But there would also be hope.
Ruth, the great-grandma of David, was from Moab. A gentile woman, grafted into the vine that is Jesus.
Sometimes God’s plans for us don’t seem logical or beneficial. Sometimes He seems to be protecting the unjust workings of those around us.
We can’t know the depth of God’s plans, His infinite mind, His determination of will from before the foundation of the world.
But we can trust Him. We can place our trust in Him. A daily active hard-won hard-fought trust.
And we can know what He has told us.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
* Dearest God Above,
Thank You for saving us and sanctifying us, for bringing us from darkness into light, dead in sins to alive in You.
Your word tells us that Your plans for us are for our good.
Please help us to trust in You, in Your word, in Your plans.