Daily Devotion on Deuteronomy 8:10-18

Devotion Text:  Deuteronomy 8:10-18

Why doesn’t the Lord give us all the things we want? Why can’t we be mega millionaires? Why can’t we be rich and famous like celebrities? Wouldn’t it be nice to live the good life–even just a little bit?

If you aren’t a celebrity, if you aren’t exorbitantly rich, if you aren’t famous . . . then consider yourself blessed! Moses warned the people of Israel as they were about to enter the wonderful promised land of Canaan that things were about to become really good. No more slavery in Egypt. No more wandering in the desert. They would have their own nice houses, cattle, silver, gold, and plenty of food.

But why did Moses warn them about these blessings to come?

With so much going “right” in their lives, they would be tempted to forget about the Lord and what he had done. And looking backwards in history with 20/20 vision, we see that’s exactly what did happen. The Israelites became lax and lazy spiritually. They focused on worldly things. They forgot about the Lord.

Thus, it is actually a blessing that God does not bless most of us with many wordily possessions. When things go well for us, we are tempted even more to forget about the Lord. After all, who needs God when there are no problems in our lives?

So during this week of Thanksgiving, we can thank God for all the blessings he has given us. In America we truly are rich compared to most in the world. At the same time, during Thanksgiving we can double our efforts at remembering that it is God who has given us everything we have. Thus, we can double our efforts to thank and to praise him, to serve and obey him each and every day.

Prayer: Lord, I thank and praise you for all that you give me. I also thank you for the many things you don’t give me–things which might become a distraction to my faith and trust in you. Keep me ever thankful for your blessings, and mindful of your grace. Amen.

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Posted on November 21, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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