11 “You shall therefore love the Lord your God, and always keep His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments. 2 Know this day that I am not speaking with your sons who have not known and who have not seen the [a]discipline of the Lord your God—His greatness, His mighty hand and His outstretched arm, 3 and His signs and His works which He did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land; 4 and what He did to Egypt’s army, to its horses and its chariots, when He made the water of the [b]Red Sea to [c]engulf them while they were pursuing you, and the Lord [d]completely destroyed them;5 and what He did to you in the wilderness until you came to this place; 6 and what He did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, when the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, their households, their tents, and every living thing that [e]followed them, among all Israel— 7 but your own eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord which He did.
8 “You shall therefore keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you may be strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to possess it; 9 so that you may prolong your days on the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give to them and to their [f]descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 For the land, into which you are entering to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow your seed and water it with your [g]foot like a vegetable garden. 11 But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the [h]beginning even to the end of the year.
13 “It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, 14 that [i]He will give the rain for your land in its season, the [j]early and [k]late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. 15 [l]He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. 16 [m]Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. 17 Or the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.
This section reminds me of something Jesus said to Thomas many years later. Here they are, having seen the miracles of God, even though they were children at the time, these people have seen everything God has done throughout the last 40 years… incredible miracles, and mighty acts of deliverance.
So this is essentially a reminder to them, when you’re tempted to forget God, remember what you’ve seen Him do.
But Thomas had a similar problem, he wouldn’t believe Jesus was alive unless he saw and touched Jesus’ wounds. He would get that opportunity, but Jesus told him that those who had not seen, yet still believed, would be even more blessed than Thomas who believed because he had seen the risen Savior.
That is what Jesus was saying about us, we will be blessed for our belief and trust in Him, but that doesn’t mean God does no miracles in our lives. Sure, we may not have a pillar of cloud to lead us, or get food dropping from the sky, but His provision is in our lives every day, and His handiwork is everywhere to be seen. Remember, when God seems far away, look for His miracles, and you’ll see His fingerprints all around you.