Sermon on the Mount: Day 23

Be Careful That You Don't Forget the Lord

Read Deuteronomy 8:10–18
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 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. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 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. 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. 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. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 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.
These are Moses’ words to the Israelites as they prepared to enter the land that God had promised them. Moses foresaw a time when the Israelites would grow comfortable in the land, enjoying their money, crops, and abundance. And despite all God had done for them in the wilderness and by leading them into the Promised Land, they would forget God and begin to believe that they (and not God) were responsible for their many blessings. Isn’t this true with us from time to time? When things are good, we look around at all we have and take credit. Our wisdom, accomplishments, gifts, and hard work got us to where we are! We did this on our own! We get drawn into the things and thinking of the world and forget God’s provision and grace in what we have. 

  • What stood out to you as you read today’s passage? Why do you think that is?
  • Reflect on a time you have gotten caught up in your accomplishments or acquisition of things and forgotten to recognize God’s hand in what you had. As you consider all you have now, for what do you want to express gratitude to God?
  • What invitation do you sense God extending to you through today’s passage?

God, thank You for all I have—every relationship, possession, gift, and dream. I know that everything good comes from You and that without Your grace and provision, I would have nothing at all. Grow my heart in gratitude so that I recognize and acknowledge You in all things. Amen.

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