Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.
As we begin our first full week of the New Year, let us begin by remembering how God has helped us in the past. The narrative of Moses leading the Jewish people through the tough wilderness to the Promised Land gives us an allegory for life. They needed to develop into a strong nation of people along the way. They needed to experience a kind of transformation that included not only a new space and place, but also a new way of thinking about and doing life—one that shaped them into an organized, God-centered people who would have the fortitude to stay off enemies once in the Promised Land. God uses each challenge in our pathway to bring us into new levels of maturity, to reveal to us the state of our hearts, and to give us opportunities to choose to faithfully follow Him under any circumstance. God is leading us. He is the “good shepherd.” So don’t fear the new year. He will guide and provide.