Remember, remember, remember . . . oh, and do not forget! I have been studying the book of Deuteronomy lately, and in the first nine chapters it has amazed me how many times the Lord says the words “remember” or “do not forget.” Whenever reading the Old Testament, I often seek to understand the application for us as believers today. Many of the admonitions to remember concerned remembering all the ways that God had led them in the past, out of Egypt, through the wilderness and to the Promise Land. The remembering was not only about what God had done for them as individuals, but also as families and people. As believers, we can and should remember all the ways God has led us in the past, but also how he has led us as a people, as a family of God. It helps me to not only look at and remember the ways God has led me, but the way he has led my parents, grandparents, and others in His family . . . such as, Corrie ten Boom, Brother Andrew, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Joni Erickson Tada, etc. What does God want me to learn from wilderness experiences? A. Humility — Deuteronomy 8:2, 16; Genesis 22:1; 1 Corinthians 11:32 B. His relationship to me as Father/His love for me — Deuteronomy 8:5; Hebrews 12:7-11; Revelations 3:19 C. Trust and Reliance on Him alone — Deuteronomy 8:3 D. Ability to hear His voice--Deuteronomy 4:30 and 8:20 E. Knowledge of what is in my heart — Deuteronomy 8:14-18 F. His desire to bless me and do good to me — Deuteronomy 8:16,18; James 1:12; Psalm 94:12 G. Endurance–James 1:2
3 He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. 16 In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.