Obedience must be, 1. Careful, observe to do; 2. Universal, to do all the commandments; and 3. From a good principle, with a regard to God as the Lord, and our God, with a holy fear of him.
To engage us to this obedience. The Holy Spirit will direct us to look back. It is good to remember all the ways, both of God’s providence and grace, by which he has led us through our wilderness.
So we may cheerfully serve him and trust in him. We must remember the straits we were sometimes brought into, for mortifying our pride, and manifesting our perverseness; to prove us, that we and others might know all that was in our heart, and that all might see that God chose us, not for any thing in us which might recommend us to his favour. We must remember the miraculous supplies of food and raiment granted us.
Let none of God’s children distrust their Father, nor take any sinful course for the supply of their necessities. Some way or other, God will provide for us in the way of duty and honest diligence, and verily we shall be fed.
It may be applied spiritually; the word of God is the food of the soul. Christ is the word of God; by him we live. We must also remember the rebukes we have been under, and not without need.
This use we should make of all our afflictions; by them let us be quickened to our duty.
We are also directed to look forward to heaven. Look which way we will, both to look back and to look forward, to heaven.
Yeshua sees in heaven a better place. The gospel church is the New Testament heaven, watered with the Spirit in his gifts and graces, planted with trees of righteousness, bearing fruits of righteousness.
Heaven is the good land, in which nothing is wanting, and where fulness of joy abides.
When we begin to fret, we ought to consider, God hears all our murmurings. God provided Manna and promises a speedy and constant supply.
He will try us whether we trust him, and will rest satisfied with the bread of the day. Thus he tries if we would serve him, and it appeared how ungrateful we have been. When God plagued the Egyptians, it was to make them know he was their Lord; when he provides for us His children, it is to make certain we know he is our God.
The Christian’s security against sin is distrust of himself. God has not promised to keep us from falling, if we do not look to ourselves. To this word of caution, a word of comfort is added. Others have the like burdens, and the like temptations: which they bear up under, and break through, we may as well.
God is wise as well as faithful, and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape; he will deliver either from the trial itself, or at least the mischief of it. We have full encouragement to flee from sin, and to be faithful to God.
We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; but believers shall be strengthened to overcome it, with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord, put into our hearts, will be the great means of safety.
So, as the Lord stated It Is Written man does not live by bread alone.