Do Not Forget The Lord

Deuteronomy 8:1-5(NIV)

1Be 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. 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. 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. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.

I can’t imagine being in the desert for forty years.   How can anybody survive in the desert for so long?  If we imagine a desert, it is mostly barren sandy or rocky surface with extreme heat and little vegetation, water and life.  Overhead, there could be vultures flying in the sky, waiting for somebody or some animal to die from exhaustion.  It’s not a pretty picture, but there were probably over two million Israelites fleeing Egypt and wandering into the desert.  Their chances of survival would have been very slim.

God led them to the desert to ‘test’ them and to humble them.  God was teaching them how to rely on God and to rely on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  They all should have died, but God provided for them all just as he provides for you and me.  We may have jobs and our homes, but God is the one who gives us the ability to work and to pay for our daily living.  Jesus went through this same test from Satan and quoted this same teaching that God taught the Israelites.  God didn’t want the Israelites to forget him and He also doesn’t want you and me to forget him today.

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