This is really one of the great chapters of the bible, New or Okd Testament!! We’ve all been in the wilderness for extended periods, think I might have come close to 40 years myself!! Those times when we think we have things under control, trying to do it our way, impose our will. Then we get humbled, then we get humbled again. We get tested, we fail, and are humbled again. When we are doing things we know we shouldn’t…Just as we discipline our children, He disciplines us, because we are his children. We come to finally understand that he is Lord, follow his commands, live in his footsteps, maybe he blesses us. Says here that’s when testing really comes. We start to think again we can do things on our own. We forget every good thing we have is a gift from him. You work hard for what you have?? Who gave you the work ethic? Who gave you the brains? Who wakes you up every day?? Who put you in position to get that job? Who worked it out so that you were born in America and not Somalia? Not Ethiopia? Not Haiti? Not Poland? So we must continue to pray to Him, praise Him, worship Him when things are good. Not just when we hit those times when the only way to look is up. Because really, good times or bad, the only way to look IS ALWAYS up!!
“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the LORD your God disciplines you for your own good. “So obey the commands of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and fearing him. For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills. When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. “But I assure you of this: If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed. Just as the LORD has destroyed other nations in your path, you also will be destroyed if you refuse to obey the LORD your God.”
> Deuteronomy 8:1-20 NLT
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