And you shall remember all the way that Jehovah your God has led these forty years in the wilderness in order to humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandment or not.
If we want to understand the reason for this Scripture, we must go back to see the promise make by the children of Israel at the foot of Mount Sinai. When God appeared on Mount Sinai, He said “If ye will obey my voice indeed and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people. See in Exodus 9:5, Said and the Lord appointed a set time, saying, to morrow the Lord shall do this thing in the land. Immediately after hearing this word, without any objection, the children of Israel “answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. How straightforward this was! The children of Israel thought that because God had saved them, led them, supplied them, and protected them to such an extent, they would absolutely obey whatever He might require of them and whatever word of command He might speak in them. So when God asked if they would obey His word, they all answered together” and said they were most willing.
THE VALUE OF TESTING
But what your mouth speaks and promises is not necessarly what your hands do or the way your feet walk, God must test you in pracital matter to see if you really desire Him and His will. Although in your heart you think and also feel that you are completely willing to obey God’s word your flesh is nevertheless corrupt, and what you feel and think is hardly reliable. God must test you to see if you will really obey His commandment or not . Moses told us that God wanted to test the children of Israel, that is to test what was in their heart, whether or not they would keep His commandment as they had promised on Mount Sinai. For this reason, God humbled them and tested them in the wilderness for forty years. Such humbling and testing were not to depress their spirit, but simply to expose their true condition.
Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, (Deut. 9:1).
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Minister David A. Benjamin