Monday, March 22
Scripture: Deuteronomy 7-8, Psalm 35, Matthew 22
Deuteronomy 8:11–14 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Deuteronomy 8:17–18 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Moses warns the Israelites against forgetting God. You might wonder how they could forget after all the miracles they’d seen. But when they got settled in the Promised Land and satisfied with all its abundance, it would be easy to get proud and think they had accomplished it all themselves and forget the Lord.
So Moses warns them, and reminds them that God is the one who gave them the ability to produce wealth. Yes, they participated in the conquest of the land and the cultivation of crops and the growth of their prosperity. But God gave them the abilities and the opportunities—never forget that!
This is a great reminder for anyone who achieves success, whatever the field. It’s easy to think that it’s all us and grow proud—and it’s certainly part us. But even that part is a gift from God.
I’ve been blessed to achieve some success. The gifts and abilities that brought about that success are from the Lord. Rather than being proud, I should be grateful. Never forget the Lord’s role in whatever success we enjoy!
This doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy and be proud of our contribution or hard work. It simply means that we remember that our contribution and hard work would be impossible without God’s good gifts to us. So ultimately, as Paul said (1 Corinthians 1:30-31), we boast in the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for the reminder—and help me to always remember, never forget, and be humble, and grateful and brag about Jesus!