September 7, 2020

Deuteronomy 8:1-end–Moses pleaded with them in this chapter to remember all that God did for them right from the time He delivered them from the bondage of slavery to the time they entered into the land that God gave to them. The last verse reads “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. 19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.(KJV).

Many of us today believe that it is our power that has given us wealth. The wealthy people are engrossed with their wealth and the work they do,  that some of them boast how much time they devoted to it. But it is not a sin to work hard to be rich, but you must not forget God in the process. That is, you must not put your own interest above His own. When you are supposed to read the word of God or attend a prayer meeting,, you must not give excuse of being busy with your own secular work. Worshiping idol is not limited to a physical feature crafted by man. It could be anything that takes the place of God in our heart. Loving money, or materials be it gold, expensive clothes or shoes, expensive cars or houses could also become idol for us if we put all our interest in them. When some people lose their wealth, or materials that are listed above, they commit suicide because they cannot bear such loss, or assimilate it. Those that depend on God if they suffer any loss, they behave like Job that says the LORD gives and takes, glory be unto His name. I am not saying that it is easy, but things happen to us which God uses to know how dependent we are on Him. The LORD saw the heart of Job and restored back all that He lost.

Moses warned the children of Israel against complacency. Because you are comfortable does not mean you do not need God. As a matter of fact, that is when you need God most. The good health that you have that makes you go to work, and the wisdom you have that makes you successful are the gifts from God. Therefore we should give all the glory back to God in serving Him, worshiping Him and thanking Him for what we have. Even if we are not rich, the little we have is a blessing from Him. The Bible says, “Now godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

Therefore, I plead with you, as Moses did, to remember God who gave us everything we have. If we make Him our priority, it will be easy for us to think less of ourselves and trust Him in any situation we find ourselves. Moses emphasized this in his warning in the last verse of  Deuteronomy 8 that if they forget God, God will also forget them and that will lead to destruction. I pray that we will do everything here on earth to make us spend eternity with Him in Jesus Name. Amen.Be blessed!!!

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