Good and Gracious Land
In the Word
“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills …” (Deuteronomy 8:7).
Of the Word
As they wandered in the wilderness, God graciously provided for the Israelites but, at the time, all they could see were the hardships of life in the desert. They complained because it was hot, they had no food or water, and they were tired of walking. It went so far that some wished they were back in Egypt living as slaves. They knew they would die there, but at least they would be taken care of. But God had provided for them through their desert wanderings, and He promised them abundance in their new home. They just couldn’t see it.
It is often hard for us, too, to see God’s love and care. God’s promises are for us, just as they were for the Israelites. Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Through faith, we can be sure of God’s guidance through our lives, and we can be just as sure of being brought to heaven. In that good land, we will experience no pain or death, only rest and peace.
Walking with my Lord
Great Provider, thank You for giving me what I need according to Your will. Bring me to the good land You have promised me — my heavenly home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Water of Life. Michael Heckmann, author. 5/28 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.