The judgment of God against His people for their sin would reduce the land of milk and honey into a barren wilderness. Then, the land would accurately reflect the spiritual condition of the people. Yet God promises deliverance and vengeance upon those who oppress them and an oasis in the barrenness.
We see how Christ’s ministry gives the ultimate fulfillment to this prophecy - how He defeats our enemy the Devil, releases us from our captivity and brings us into a refreshing paradise. He sets our feet upon a Highway of Holiness, where we will be safe and secure and upon which we will travel into the inheritance prepared for the people of God.
We are all encouraged to make sure we are on that Highway and to persevere to the end of our journey, rejoicing in the graciousness of our God.