This coming Shabbat, we begin reading the last book of the Torah, Deuteronomy. In this week’s reading, we find Moses recounting some of the major events in the lives of the Children of Israel. Moses began his monologue right after he shared the following Word from the L-rd:
“See, I have placed the Land before you; go in and possess the Land which the L-rd swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them.”
When it was at the time right before the Children of Israel were to go forward into the Promised Land, G-d wanted them to remember their history and unbelief. In the same way, when we are moving forward in obedience to G-d’s call, we need to be aware of our history and lack of faith so that we do not repeat them. We want G-d to bring us out of our sin, rebellion and lack of faith.
I think it is also important to point out that Moses told of instances where G-d provided and supplied the way, yet the Children of Israel did not trust and obey. It is good to look back and see some ways G-d has provided in our lives and how perhaps we did not recognize His provision. This will help us to recognize His work in our lives in the future.