Mar 19 (Daily reading: Deuteronomy 24-27) Google reveals that the expression, “the proof is in the pudding” was originally, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” Deuteronomy 26:1-11 is a great example of this proverb. The Hebrews needed faith to enter the land, and to believe the promise: “When you enter the land which the LORD your God is giving you…and you take possession of it and live in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the LORD your God gives you…” The proof of the fulfilment of God’s promise would be in the eating of the fruit of the land. Before they could enjoy the fruit, they had to enter the land by faith.
They were to put the first of the produce in a basket and give it to the priest who would set it down before the altar of the Lord. There, at the altar, they would remember that when they had been slaves in Egypt, “the LORD heard our voice and saw our wretched condition, our trouble, and our oppression; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand… and He has brought us to this place, and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.”
If you are in Christ, the proof is in the pudding, in terms of God’s promises, because “He who promised is faithful” (Heb. 10:23). You enjoy abundant life in Christ, by faith, and, also by faith, you know that heaven is your true home. You, like the Hebrews, “shall rejoice in all the good which the LORD your God has given you and your household” (26:11).
– Al Gary