Deuteronomy 29:5-6 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 29:5 I led you forty years in the open country; your clothes and the sandals on your feet did not wear out;
Deuteronomy 29:6 you did not eat bread or drink wine or beer – so that you might know that I am Yahveh your God.
Ordinarily, the Israelites would have expected to stop and settle somewhere many times in that forty year wandering period. They would have to stop and make new clothing, grow their own grain, plant their own vineyards, so they could resupply themselves with clothing, food and drink. The Lord provided for them in an extraordinary way, to show that he was willing to do that for them in the land as well — as long as they stayed faithful to his covenant.
Why all this grumbling in the wilderness if God was providing for them in an extraordinary way? It was because God was providing for them in an extraordinary way, but these former slaves wanted to provide for themselves. In their hearts, they longed for the ordinary.
Christian, don’t set your heart on the ordinary. God wants to show the world how gracious he is, not how gifted you are. If you want to provide for yourself, you will have little chance to testify about him.
LORD, make us a people determined to testify of your grace. Purge us of our selfish self-dependence.