“And You Have Lacked Nothing”


7 For the Lord your God has blessed you in everything you have done. He has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you, and you have lacked nothing.”’ — Deuteronomy 2:7 NLT

If you have ever taken a road trip with your kids then you have heard the question, “when will we get there?” or “how much longer?”.  One Mother’s answer was “Your Father is in charge, he will take care of us and we will arrive safely.  We can just enjoy the trip.”  That is a lesson that the Israelis never seemed to learn.  Their stubbornness and refusal to learn it changed a trip that should have taken only eleven days into an adventure that lasted over forty years.  Because of their attitude, we read in Hebrews, that the original generation of Israelis never entered the rest that God had prepared for them.  Instead of enjoying the trip, the Israelis continually moaned, groaned and whined.  How many days have we wasted whining when we could have just relaxed and enjoyed the trip?  How many more days will we waste moaning and groaning because, like the Israelis, we don’t trust our Father to provide for us and bring us safely home?  Moses told the children of Israel “during these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you, and you have lacked nothing.”  They wanted a lot of things they didn’t have, but they had everything they needed to make the journey.  The Lord our God is still with us and we lack nothing that we need.  If we could ever learn to rest and enjoy the trip, it would not matter when we got there because each day would be a new experience enjoying the presence of the Lord.  Remember that God is our provider and our shield, rest in His presence and repeat as often as necessary.

6 So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. 7 So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. — Hebrews 4:6-7a NLT

“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous


4 thoughts on ““And You Have Lacked Nothing”

  1. Ouch! yep I’m sad to say one too many of my days have been wasted whining. Your words -“If we could ever learn to rest and enjoy the trip, it would not matter when we got there because each day would be a new experience enjoying the presence of the Lord” brought to mind the verse “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad” (Psalm 118:14). Blessings to you on this new day.

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  2. I like Psalm 16:11 on those days that I am feeling low and frustrated, JOY – Jesus, Others, Yourself “There ain’t nothing gonna steal my Joy!” but I can lose it by getting the “Y” out of place. If I put the “Y” first, I get YJO – which is nothing but a mess, same thing happens with our lives when we get the “Y” out of place and put it before Jesus and others, we just get in a mess. So, the next time, we are feeling down, depressed, all out of sorts, ask yourself Why and check your spelling and see where the “Y” is. Have you put it before the “J”? Put Jesus back on the throne of your life and you will feel the joy again. Could I suggest that you read Psalm 16 and memorize at least the last verse. Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

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  3. Lord, help me to enjoy the journey because it’s a journey with you.


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