a good land
Deuteronomy 8:5 Keep in mind that Yahveh your God has been disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.
Deuteronomy 8:6 So watch the commands of Yahveh your God by walking in his ways and fearing him
Deuteronomy 8:7 because Yahveh your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams, springs, and deep water sources, flowing in both valleys and hills;
Deuteronomy 8:8 a land of wheat, barley, vines, figs, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey;
Deuteronomy 8:9 a land where you will eat food without shortage, where you will lack nothing; a land whose rocks are iron and from whose hills you will mine copper.
a good land
Moses told the Israelites that there was a reason they had been facing hardship. God was disciplining them so that they would be obedient to his commands when they came into the good land he was leading them to.
Christian, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, perhaps it would be helpful to remember some of the hardships we have faced over the past year. Maybe some of those difficulties will prepare us for an amazing outpouring of blessings in the New Year.
Lord, thank you for the hardships you have allowed us to experience this year. We believe that all things are working together for our good. So we thank you for the preparation.