Deuteronomy 8:10-18

Wednesday, June 24

Deuteronomy 8:10-18

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

God says be careful, in case you are tempted to forget that it is God who sustains you. It is God who has given you skills and inherent abilities. It is God who has a history with you and has demonstrated throughout time God’s love and care. In all we are and in all we are able to do, if we are successful in any way, it is because God has made us and guided us.

God presents his case like a good lawyer, stating baseline facts to help us to consider and decide to follow in God’s paths. Our human tendency is heap accolades on ourselves as if we were the authors of our own success. God doesn’t want us to forget all that God has done for us, even though God knows we have a short memory and tend to elevate ourselves at God’s expense.

Take a moment to be recommitted to God; thank God for blessings you have received and whatever abilities you have, for they are a gift from God. God loves us and has always loved us, from the dawn of time.

Prayer

Dear God, forgive me if I have ignored you, if I presume I have brought about any blessings I have received and forget that you are in charge. Humble me to step down from my throne to put you there instead. This I pray in Christ my savior. Amen.