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Deuteronomy 29:4-6 • A Heart to Know

"Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear. I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot. You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or strong drink, in order that you might know that I am the Lord your God."
    —Deuteronomy 29:4-6 (NASB)

Until the events of the End Times take place, these people will have witnessed the most spectacular signs and wonders performed by God Himself in the course of bringing them out of Egypt. And yet they were largely deaf, blind, and hardened of heart when it came to being spiritually changed because of them. That they could witness and live in the shadow of these signs and wonders is a greater "miracle", if you will—a testimony to the condition of their hardened heart and lack of faith. And yet there was a whole second set of signs and wonders they experienced each and every day for 40 years that failed to make an impresion as well: God's feeding and clothing of them, His taking care of all their physical needs with practically no effort required on their part. They didn't just fail to see the "big" picture, but the smaller, everyday testimonies as well.

The purpose of the daily, "small" miracles of meeting the Israelites' needs was supposed to produce the result, "that you might know that I am the Lord your God". Because they were continually stubborn in coming to this realization from the heart, signs and wonders neither big nor small could change them. You see, it's possible to acknowledge that God is the authority responsible for a sign or wonder without actually submitting ourselves to His authority.

So why do we sometimes yearn for a "big" sign or wonder when we, too, continue to ignore the daily miracles of God's provision for us? It's almost like we're completely dismissing God's presence by ignoring His daily blessings while simultaneously demanding, "Why don't You show Yourself!" As the Israelites demonstrated, if we don't accept and acknowledge Him in the everyday miracles of His provision for us, neither will we be transformed by the appearance of a "big" sign or wonder. It's the heart that has to be transformed into His throne before we derive any kind of benefit of His work on any level great or small.

Lord, soften my heart that I might bend the knee of my heart to You in the daily quest to fully and truly know that YOU are my Lord and God.