From the wilderness wandering of the children of Israel there are many spiritual lessons to be gleaned. It would not be unreasonable to believe that the people Israel had become accustomed to the wilderness wandering after traveling the same route for a while. Some probably got so used to the wilderness that they did not have any idea of the promised land they were about to possess. So, in Deuteronomy 8:7-10 God gave them a preview of how rosy a place Canaan was, to prepare them for the richness of life there.
God wanted them to know that giving to them the land was just one thing. What He wanted them to receive was far more than they can imagined. He wanted them not only to have a rich but also a life of plenty. So here in these four verses from Deuteronomy 8:7-10, He described to them the land which they were about to inherit.
More than the land, God would give them the rich supplies they would be enjoying in the land. Physically it would be a land of brooks, fountains, and springs, a land very rich in water supply. It was also a land filled with food and fruits of all sorts. The list includes wheat, barley, vines, figs, pomegranates, olive oil, and honey. They would not only have food in abundance, but they would have them in varieties. Also, this land would have plenty of iron and copper, a land so rich in mineral resource.
What lessons can we learn from these four verses?
Firstly, we need to realize that life with God will always be a progressive one. He doesn’t want us to be stuck in the wilderness. He wants to take us out of our barren living into the richness of life with Him. The purpose of allowing us to go through the wilderness is to prepare us for the richness of life that He has promised.
Secondly, we need to know that God is the source of all that we have in life. All the things we have and will ever have in life come from Him. He is the source. Whoever He uses to give us are only His resources.
Thirdly, we need to know that God is generous. He does not supply in trickles, but in plenty and full of varieties. Furthermore, He will supply for every area of our needs.
Fourthly, we must not be so acclimatized to our old ways, that we refuse to enter the richness of God’s new liberated life. There are old ways God wants us to change so that we can enjoy what’s installed for us. Don’t be a stick in the mud.
Fifthly, we must stay connected to God through His Word to know where He is taking us. We can never know the promises and direction of God if we are not connected with Him.
Finally, and most importantly, we must live a life of thankfulness to God for His provision. For when we do so, we will be able to nurture a life that honors and fears the Lord.
Monday – Genesis 13:14-15
The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever.
Tuesday – Leviticus 20:24
Hence, I have said to you, “You are to possess their land, and I Myself will give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.
Wednesday – Joshua 1:11
“Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you, to possess it.’”
Thursday – Romans 5:17
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Friday – John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Saturday – Genesis 27:28
Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And an abundance of grain and new wine.
Sunday – Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
All Scriptures are quoted from the New American Standard Bible 1995.
By Pastor Clarence Goh