A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: For the Tuesday morning Men’s Bible Study.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:1-20
Key verse: Deuteronomy 8:17 Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.”
Reflection: The idea of the self-made man (or woman) is deeply entrenched in our understanding of the American dream. Our nation was founded with the hope that hard work would result in an improved future. It’s a wonderful ideal for a just playing field, but sadly we know it has become much more complicated than that.
In this passage Moses is warning the Hebrew people about a danger related to the self-made image. We are easily tempted to attribute all of our success to our own power. We forget that God has given us our gifts and our abilities. God has cared for us along the way. Our community has given us opportunities to work and to lead.
No one is a self-made man or woman. We are grateful for all that God has done for us. We are grateful for the ways we have been shaped by our families, our teachers, our friends, and our colleagues. Our gratitude inspires us to serve and to give. “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.” (Deut 8:18) Remember and respond with gratitude.
Prayer: Thank you, O God, for the power you have given to me. Thank you for the opportunities I have had to work and to use my gifts. Thank you for the people who have taught me and helped me. Show me how to live out my gratitude in service and generosity. Through Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].