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Saturday, September 17, 2011

9/18/11 Deuteronomy 8:10-18 Do Not Forget God

 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.

(Fool's Gold- Iron Pyrite)

Thoughts: We do not plan on forgetting God. But pride keeps our focus on ourselves or on the things that we do.  We forget that all the raw materials; all the time we have; all the natural talents we have; all the education we were able to have (being born in the right country and time)- are gifts from God.  When we are in need, perhaps we are more conscious of our need to call on God's help.  But when we are prosperous it is more difficult (like getting the camel through the eye of the needle).  I once knew a man who was born into a wealthy family, educated at an Ivy League school, had a great paying-but-easy-job.  He told me that he really didn't see a need for God in his life.  Glittering things on earth can distract us from what is truly valuable in eternity.

Prayer: If I forget you, do not Thou forget me. (Prayer by a British general before battle)

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