“You must carefully keep all the commandments that I am commanding you today, so that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers. You must remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He humbled you and let you suffer hunger, and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your feet swell these forty years. You must also consider in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.” Deuteronomy 8:1-5
To remember means to recall, to call to mind, recollect, think of.
The Lord was about to give the people of Israel the promise land. They were about to get what God promised their fathers. Blessings in abundance where they would lack nothing but before He did; He was clear in His instruction to them to keep all His commandments and told them to remember where He brought them out of (read Deuteronomy 8).
The wilderness; the place where God processed them. It is where, along the journey, they fell into disobedience, they fell astray and worshipped false gods, they did what was right in their eyes so what should have taken weeks, took forty years. It is there that the Lord dealt with them and had to realign them to His will because He loved them and needed to bring correction. He also needed to see where their hearts truly were.
The wilderness was never for their harm but for their good. It was in the wilderness that they were humbled, proven; to know what was in their hearts – whether they would keep His commandments or not. They had to learn to fully rely on God. For provision; for food and water. For clothing and shelter. For protection. He provided everything they needed. He was about to give them the promise land but they needed to remember Who their God was; the commandments He gave them; and to remember that it was HE alone Who sustained them. He alone was their God and they needed to walk in His will; not their own.
Sometimes we spend years in our own wilderness, in a process that was meant to be short but maybe in that process we tried to do things our way; without realizing it; we fell into disobedience and God needed to deal with us. So the process in the wilderness took much longer. Maybe even years as it did for the Israelites. It is in that wilderness, that we are humbled and we learn to fully rely on God. For provision, protection, for guidance and instruction; for everything. He sustains us, not only naturally but spiritually because we learn to live not on bread alone but on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God. God’s Word becomes more important to us than anything else.
Either way, we eventually learn that the wilderness was necessary for our own good. For our character, our hearts, our lives, etc. It is in that wilderness where we get tired of trying to do it our own way and we learn to submit to the will of God which is perfect. We learn, we grow, we mature and we are then made better than we were when we first entered the wilderness. We are stronger and able to give more of ourselves to others. We are able to be blessings in abundance for others to the glory of God.
So maybe you’re about to enter the promise land. Maybe you’re about to exit your wilderness because you finally got it. What God was teaching you, what God wanted to do in you. You finally understand that He needed to deal with areas in your life you didn’t want to surrender only to realize that when you did surrender them, you began to change and grow.
Now you’re aligned or maybe realigned in His perfect will for your life. Now you’re about to be blessed abundantly for your obedience and now you’re going to be able to testify about the goodness of God and what He has done in your life. Now you’re going to bless others and encourage others greatly by sharing your story and giving the glory of God.
I encourage you today, remember His commandments; remember that He sustained you in your wilderness. Remember that He alone is God. Remember that as a man corrects his son, so the Lord our God disciplines us (Deuteronomy 8:5) but never to harm us instead to grow us. Remember you are better because of Him and certainly with Him. Remember to give Him all the glory for what He has done in your life. Praise God the wilderness has an end! Hallelujah!
Never, ever forget. REMEMBER.
Be blessed in Jesus name.