In this passage we see God teaching the Israelites through a reflection of their journey through the wilderness. He reminds them that He made a way for them and provided all that they needed while teaching them about His provision.
NOTES ON THE TEXT
1 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors. 2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.
When we are in the wilderness and are going through tough times, it is easy to become jaded and forget the promises of God. When we are going through pain and hardship, it is a battle to guard our minds and remember that He walks with us in every moment. However, in this passage, God is reminding the Israelites that He has been over them and using the obstacles that they have faced to reveal the deeper desires of their hearts. It was when the Israelites became physically hungry and weak that God revealed the everlasting fulfillment of His truth. Sometimes it takes hardship and suffering to realize that His blessings have and will forever be enough for us. He humbles us so that we may know His ways are better than ours.
5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you. 6 Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
His plan for us is perfect, and we must not forget that He want us to prosper! Just like with our earthly parents. It can be difficult to truly believe them when they tell us "I'm doing this because I love you" or "This is for your own good". However, our parents say this to us because we as sons and daughters are often unaware of the deeper truths of life because we have yet to learn those lessons through our personal experiences. God knows the best way for us, and we must trust that, even in the most unknown and confusing areas of our lives, He has plans to prosper us. He reminds us in this passage that His discipline falls upon us because He does not want us to go astray and fall into sin. Although His grace will still be there, it is not necessary for us to take the hard road to learn that He has our best interest at heart. Instead, it is through the obedience, reverence, and unwavering faith that we begin to realize He is disciplining us to bring us to a GOOD LAND.
God often uses our hardship and struggles as an opportunity to show us that it is only through Him that we are sustained.
He humbles us so that we may know His ways are better than ours.
In all His workings, God's ultimate desire is to prosper us and bring us closer to Him.