Deuteronomy 9:6 Understand that Yahveh your God is not giving you this good land to take possession of because of your righteousness, because you are a hard-necked people.
Deuteronomy 9:7 “Remember and do not forget how you infuriated Yahveh your God in the open country. You have been rebelling against Yahveh from the day you left the land of Egypt until you reached this place.
It is a serious thing to infuriate God. The story of the Israelites is filled with incident after incident where they did just that. God stayed with them anyway, because he was determined to take them to the land he promised to them, and settle them in it.
We Christians make much of Christ’s promise to be with us. He is with us wherever we go. But what is the expression on our Lord’s face? Is he with us gladly, or infuriated by our stubbornness and rebellion?
Lord, we determine to honor you in our actions in the coming year.