"And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you..” (NKJV).
Deuteronomy 8:2 

Reading: Deuteronomy 8:1-20

By now you should be well aware that if God says He’s going to do something, then He’s going to do it. He had told Abraham that His people would live in Egypt for a time but then would be returned to the promised land. And it happened. Under the leadership of Moses. The people left Egypt and began journeying back to the promised land of Canaan.

Today’s focus is the wilderness wanderings that took place between Egypt and the Promised Land. After the Israelites were freed from their bondage to slavery in Egypt by the LORD, under Moses’ leadership, they sinned against the LORD and instead of taking forty days to get to the Promised Land, they wandered forty years in the wilderness. Around 2 million Israelites followed Moses for those forty years, relying on the LORD to provide for them manna and water in a dry country.

Interestingly enough God granted the Israelites land east of the Jordan as an inheritance, so the wilderness also became a part of their inheritance. God had also promised to Abraham an inheritance of land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates River. After the twelve spies were sent into the Promised Land to spy out the Land, the Israelites saw that the land was a good land but were paralysed with fear and refused to go in, thus stirring up God’s anger.


Dear Father, help us to stand during the tests of faith that come our way each day. Amen



Briefly explain today’s devotion in an age-appropriate way. 


Discuss the 5 promises that God gave to Abraham and how they were fulfilled. Discuss the fact that God does make promises and gives us promises too. Talk about it and the fact that seeing God’s promises fulfilled will take faith and perseverance.