I have heard it said that the reason the Israelite’s wandered in the desert for 40 years is because the men didn’t want to stop and ask for directions!
However, the truth is in Deuteronomy 8:2 “Remember how the Lord your God led you in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.”
All that time, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet swell. God provided manna to show them that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
He proves that as a good father disciplines His son, so does a good God discipline His children.
Moses reminds them to not forget their God when they prosper in the promised land.
They learn that they will overtake the land, not because they are righteous and good but because the other nations are evil.
Several times it is pointed out that they are a rebellious and stubborn people. In fact, Moses tells them that they have been that way ever since he has known them!
Deut. 10 ends with declaring what God ultimately wants from His people: to fear, obey, love and serve him with all their heart and soul.
Is that not a good thing?
Deut 8 – 10 is full of so much meat that it is a disservice to give it this slight overview. There is much to soak in that I haven’t thought of before.
I close with a stand out verse in 10:17: “For the Lord your God is God of Gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.”
God is the perfect leader. He has no corruption in Him. As we look for guidance in our lives and world, He alone is worthy to lead us.