Deuteronomy 8

We’ve gone over the commands that God has issued, and I’m telling you that you must be careful to follow them so that you can live and multiply, and enter into the land which God promised to your fathers.  And remember the lessons of these past forty years – God has humbled you, and tested you to see what was in your hearts – whether you would obey Him and keep His commandments or not.

He humbled you and let you be hungry so that He could feed you in a way you never would have dreamed of – with bread from heaven every morning.  He did this to teach you that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that comes from the Lord.

Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.  You know in your hearts that God was disciplining you, just as a man disciplines his son, but even so he never failed to meet your needs.  Therefore, you must keep the commandments of the Lord your God.  Walk in His ways and fear Him if you don’t!

God is bringing you into a good land, a land with plenty of water flowing in the hills and in the valleys; a land with lots of grain and farmland; fruit trees and vegetables; a land that can provide plenty of food for everyone.  You won’t lack for anything.  You’ll have plenty of minerals like iron and copper.  Just remember when you have eaten and are satisfied to bless the Lord your God for the good land He has given you.

But watch out!  When all is going well and you’ve eaten and are satisfied, you’re living in a nice home and business is booming; you’ve got a little money in the bank; that’s when you’re heart can become proud and you’ll forget the Lord your God who brought you up out of slavery and into this good land.  You’ll start slipping away from obeying His commandments.  Just little things at first, but you’ll soon forget how He led you through the desert and protected you from scorpions, brought water out of rocks in the driest desert, and fed you faithfully every day.  All so that you would be humbled and tested for your own ultimate good.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your own power and strength made you wealthy!  Remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the power to make that wealth, in order that He might fulfill the promises He made to your fathers.

If you ever forget the Lord your God and let your own success, wealth, possessions, relationships, or anything else get in the way of your obedience to God, know without a doubt that you will regret it when you suffer the consequences.  Like the enemies that the Lord enabled you to defeat, you too will be defeated because you refused to listen to the voice of the Lord your God!


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