The Ministry of Failure
The Book of Deuteronomy, as you know, is a book of remembrances...and Moses is rehearsing with God's people all the things that God has done for them and in them during the past years. And he says,
"All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swear unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments or not.
And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live."
And then he goes on to describe what perhaps could happen to them after they have entered the land and have forgotten the goodness of the LORD. He says in verse 14...
"Then thine heart be lifted up and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness wherein were fiery serpents and scorpions and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; who fed thee in the wilderness with manna which thy fathers knew not that He might humble thee and that He might prove thee to do thee good at thy latter end."
Some time ago on a late Saturday night I needed to make a trip to the super market...it's one of these super markets that stays open twenty-four hours a day. I was a little bit hesitant to go because of the way I looked. This was a Saturday and I had taken that day to catch up on all of those "handy-man" jobs that I'd been letting go around the house. I hadn't shaved all day. ...
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