Text: Deuteronomy 8-10; Psalm 42
The Lord saves and the Lord richly blesses His own. When we are just up from slavery, when He has just fed us in our hunger, it is easy to celebrate and surrender to Him. But, when life gets comfortable and problems are few, the risk of forgetting God awaits us. Deuteronomy 8:11-14 caught the attention of my underlining pencil:
11 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery…
The Gospel does not compel comfortable, wealthy Americans (yes, even the poorest among us are wealthy by global standards) like it reaches people on the edge. And, even in the Body of Christ we drift away from Him in our luxury. So – here’s a challenge: Are you as close to Jesus on a good day as on a bad day? Food for thought (check out Deut 8:3).
in Him, Mike