Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Key verses: (17-18) Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.
Reflection: God delivered the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and led them through the wilderness to a promised land. Moses was the leader God chose for the people. Much of the book of Deuteronomy is written as Moses’ instructions to the people.
In today’s passage, Moses acknowledges the possibility that life in the promised land will be prosperous and affluent. Moses warns that prosperity can lead to spiritual apathy or even to self-delusion. When you have more than you need, you might forget your dependence on God. When you have “eaten your fill and built fine houses…and all that you have is multiplied,” you might believe you’ve earned it. You might be tempted to think you deserve it. You might conclude that spiritual faithfulness doesn’t matter very much. You might accept the delusions of self-sufficiency and self-made success.
Moses calls us to remember. Spiritual amnesia is a serious problem. Remember the Lord your God. Remember all that God has done for you. Remember that God has given you the strength and abilities that make you who you are. Remember that God is the source of everything. Remember all of this and respond with gratitude and generosity.
Prayer: The earth, and all that is in it, belongs to you, O Lord. I belong to you. When I am tempted to forget, remind me. Remind me that you are my Creator and that my very life depends on you. Teach me gratitude and generosity. In Jesus’ name 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].