“Beware lest you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth’” (v17). God trained the Israelites in the desert to depend on Him; in a land of “fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground,” He gave them food, water, and safety. He wanted their faith in Him to be strong before entering the Promised Land. There, they would experience abundance, and the new danger would be forgetting God and turning their backs on Him (v11-14).
“And you shall remember the whole way the Lord your God has led you …” (v2). We remember that God’s grace saved us and will keep saving us “the whole way” as we trust and obey Him.