Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 8:1-9:6
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
God uses trials in our lives to "humble and test" us. This is how He grew Israel's faith and prepared them for the Promised Land, during 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. In the same way God uses trials in our lives to teach us humility before Him, to test our faith, and to help us grow in our relationship with Him, which is much more important than our earthly needs. Truly, "man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." Moses reminded God's people how easy it is to forget the Lord when things are going well in our lives. Every blessing we have comes from God, even what we earn, for it is He who gives us the power to get wealth. Therefore, when we prosper and thrive, we must not turn away from God. Moses warned Israel not to think, "It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land." In the same way, we must not think that we can stand before God based on our own righteousness. Our righteousness comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot earn heaven, our eternal Promised Land, just as Israel did not earn their Promised Land. It is a free gift of God's grace.