October 17, 2018
Read Deuteronomy 8
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Scripture- Deuteronomy 8:12-14- For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.
Observations- God had met the needs of the Israelites in countless ways, yet they had whined and complained about how the manna tasted, plotted to overthrow Moses as God’s anointed leader, thought it would be better to return to Egypt as slaves, and worried extensively about what the future held. Moses tells the people the day was coming when they would be so prosperous that they would be tempted to forget all the Lord had done for them.
Application- Our deepest longings can only be truly fulfilled by seeking, finding, and living into God’s will for our lives, but the lure of, for instance, distracting experiences or more stuff is quite strong. We get confused and disobedient like the Israelites and think the more we have the better for us, but it never works out as well as we hope, which is why Moses commands the people to be careful to avoid the sin of pride. Pride declares "I did this by myself!" Pride forgets to be grateful to God for all of our many blessings. Money is not evil, but greed without gratitude and perspective leads to pride.
Prayer- Dear God, thanks for all the ways You have so richly blessed my life, especially when I have taken Your Word seriously. Help me not take for granted all the ways You sustain me and grow me in and through Your Word. Help me have eyes to see all of the ways You are my treasure. Help never be tempted to say, "See what I did without God." Amen.
"Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18),
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