Moses is speaking to the Children of Israel… “All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers. You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” (Deut. 8:1-2 NASB)
God had promised to bless Israel, to make them a great nation, and to give them a land flowing with milk and honey. He promised to be their God and they would be His people (His chosen people!).
But He had one simple request of them — that they obey Him and keep His commandments.
The Lord said that He allowed them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years in order to test them, to find out what was in their hearts.
Now, God already knows what’s in our hearts, but sometimes we are in denial — until we actually see it with our own eyes. Well, Israel was able to see, through this test, that what was in their hearts was wickedness, rebellion, idolatry, and willful and consistent disobedience to God.
God had promised to blessed them. But He wanted to know if they would be faithful with the blessing, or would they waste it? Would Israel remain faithful to Him after He had given them the blessing? Or would they walk away?
This was a test, and Israel failed miserably.
We often ask God to bless us. But, can we be trusted with His blessings? Are our motives pure? Will we remain humble and faithful to Him after we have received His blessings? Or, are we somehow standing in the way of God’s blessings??
He is a loving God who wants to give “good gifts” to His children; but He needs to know that He can trust us first.
So, ask yourself… “Can God trust me with His blessings?”
Now what’s your answer??