“It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink” (v5). The Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disbelief. The Promised Land (Cannan) was full of everything they desired, yet it was closed to them because they didn’t believe that God could help them conquer it. Even in the wilderness, God had faithfully provided manna and water, yet they refused to trust Him. Therefore, nearly all their generation died there, just like Miriam (v1) and Aaron (v28).
“Because you did not believe in me …” (v12). The more we genuinely trust in God’s goodness, power, mercy, and love, the more we will obey Him.