Every generation needs to hear about the works and faithfulness of God so that they will trust in the Lord. That trust will initiate a God experience. Our reverence for God follows our experience of God. And we are a generation away from forgetting God altogether…
1 These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the wilderness east of the Jordan…
1 Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.
Deuteronomy 1:1, 4:1-2
Moses invests the first three chapters of Deuteronomy telling Israel the story of their travels and God’s interaction with them each step of the way. He reminded them of how God fought for them when they left Egypt, and of how God continues to fight for them now. He reminded them that their parents’ generation was forbidden to enter the promised land because of their lack of faith and their sin.
Only Joshua and Caleb would enter the land from that previous generation. And maybe that’s the point.
Moses shared with the current generation all the reasons why they should be reverent toward God and trust him and serve him in complete faith. They all needed to be on the same page. Why?
Because Moses is about to reiterate God’s law and ask them to hear and follow it. And vision leaks.
Every generation needs to hear about the works of God and the faithfulness of God so that they will trust in the Lord. Our temptation will be to rest on our own laurels and to inject our own power. It doesn’t take long to forget the Lord, and that’s Moses’ concern here. God knows our hearts and how fickle we are.
Our reverence for God will follow our experience of God and if we are living our own way on our own path for any length of time, we will forget him.
This means that, following Moses’ example, we should share the great works of God with each other to remind ourselves why we should trust him and why (read the first three chapters of Deuteronomy) we shouldn’t trust ourselves and our judgment.