In Deuteronomy chapter six, Moses addresses the children of Israel as they prepare to enter the Promised Land. In verses ten and eleven, he shares the blessings that await them: “And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land….to give thee great and goodly cities….and houses full of all good things….when thou shalt have eaten and be full;”
Verse twelve follows with this warning: “Then beware lest thou forget the LORD….”
What a tragedy it would be, amidst all the blessings in my life, to forget to give honor and praise to the One who provides it all. Yet how easy it is to let days slip by without expressing gratitude to God for His goodness.
Just as the Israelites would face many battles before they possessed Canaan, so I may be in the midst of a trial and, despite all I’ve been given, just not “feel” blessed. On those days, may my mind be filled with the truths that God’s grace is sufficient, my eternal future is sure, and His power is limitless.
As I apply this principle in my own life, I am to follow the command of verse seven: “….thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children…” What a joy-filled home can be mine if I will not forget – and teach my daughters not to forget – to acknowledge all of our blessings and the God who has provided them!
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