For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you. Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.
Food For Thought:
This is a beautiful passage of Scripture. The writer describes how God is bringing the Israelites into a good land ─ a land flowing with streams. You can just picture it. When I read this passage, I think of the goodness of God and all the beautiful things that God provides. From the beginning of the Scriptural narrative, we are told that God created and it was good. Where do you see evidences of God’s good creation?
O God, in your Son Jesus Christ, you richly bless us with all that we need ─ bread from the earth and the bread of heaven, which give life to the world. Grant us one thing more grateful hearts to sing your praise, in this world and the world to come. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.