Thursday, March 8

Only God

Scripture: Deuteronomy 7-9, Mark 15

Deuteronomy 8:12-14 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, 13 and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, 14 be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ 18 but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm His covenant He swore to your fathers,  as it is today.

Observation

The Lord warns Israel against idolatry, and about forgetting God and thinking that it’s all you—all your ability and effort and doing.

Application

This theme keeps popping up in my readings lately.  I commented on it when Moses hit the rock and took credit for bringing water out of the rock.  He was kept out of the Promised Land because he took the credit; he usurped God’s glory.

It’s easy to get proud, to forget God, to think that I’m doing it all and to take the credit.  “My power and my ability have produced all this success.”  But where did I get that power and ability?  From God.

I’m facing so many things that are beyond my ability.  I can’t change anyone’s heart.  Only God can do that.  I can’t heal broken human beings.  Only God can do that.  God is huge and I am small.  I can do the possible, but then I must trust God to do the impossible.  And give Him credit when He does.

Prayer: Lord, I want to face every difficulty today knowing that You are huge!  Remind me—don’t let me forget that You are one doing the work.  I’m only a tool in Your hand.