"God suffered them to hunger, and the fed them with manna, that the extremity of their want might make the supply the more acceptable, and God's goodness to them therein the more remarkable. God often brings his people low, that he may have the honour of helping them."
"He proved them, whether they could trust him to provide for them when means and second causes failed. Thus he taught them to live in a dependence upon Providence, and not to perplex themselves with care what they should eat and drink, and wherewithal they should be clothed. Christ would have his disciples learn the same lesson."
"This they must consider in their heart, that is, they must own it from their own experience that God had corrected them with a fatherly love, for which they must return to him a filial reverence and compliance. Because God has chastened thee as a father, therefore thou shalt keep his commandments. This use we should make of all our afflictions; by them let us be engaged and quickened to our duty."
"Those that bear the inconveniences of an afflicted state with patience and submission, are humbled by them and prove well under them, are best prepared for better circumstances."
"But we are basely ungrateful if the better God is to us the worse we are to him. "Forget not God's former dealings with thee. Thy deliverance out of Egypt. The provision he made for thee in the wilderness, that great and terrible wilderness."
~ Matthew Henry on Deuteronomy chapter 8