The Review before the Test
Sometimes the biggest study help for a test is the review beforehand. The teachers who took the time to make a review game were always a favorite. This is not a game, but the review Moses gives the Israelites in the first eleven chapters of Deuteronomy is the preparation they need for the test of their lives.
Moses begins by revealing the test results for the previous generation. They failed to trust God when the spies discouraged the hearts of the people. As a result, the people wandered in the wilderness for an additional thirty-eight years because of their failure. A point which the current audience knew all too well. Moses then highlights God’s faithfulness toward the current generation. He takes the time to mention the giants who have been defeated and the victories God has given to them. The Israelites were strategically given the victory over Sihon in order that God might “put the dread…and the fear” upon all the nations so they “shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee” (Deuteronomy 2:25). God, like a perfect teacher, has provided everything possible so they can pass the greatest test of their lives. They simply need to trust the faithfulness of God and they will succeed.
The same decision is presented to believers today. Trust God’s faithfulness, proceed with the God-given promises and preparation, and you can be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). You will have to “endure hardness as a good soldier” (2 Timothy 2:2). However, “hereunto were ye called…to follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). We are blessed to have the supreme Example who was “in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Only look “unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
He came. He conquered. Now He commissions you to follow His lead. Without Him, you can do nothing.