In The Good And The Bad

It is easy to forget God in the midst of plenty. It's easy to become self sufficient...as if there even is such a thing. God had to remind Israel of this very thing. They were always praising him in the moment that he met their need, but it never lasted. Moses, who has a burden for these people, sees the trap they fall into and he warns them...

When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
 But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in,  and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!  Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.  Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. Deut. 8:10-18

It is true that our character is revealed in adversity, but I think our character may be more revealed in our seasons of plenty. Do we seek God even when things look good? Do we pursue him with passion even when we lack nothing? Israel did not walk in humility. They whined to God when things were rough and forgot him when things were good. Israel's story is the story of humanity. 

God, help us. 

Life will always come in seasons. There will be storms, there will be harvest, there will be new life...but there is one thing God looks for in us, no matter the season.

Humility. 

With hearts bowed low, we should look at the plenty we have and extend our hands to Heaven in surrender. With hearts bowed low, we should look at the storms we face and extend our hands to Heaven in surrender. No matter the season we are in, a humble heart is what God requires. 

God has been stripping away many things in my life that I call necessary for the purpose of teaching me dependence on him. I don't know if I realized how much I relied on myself before now, but I did. I pray my heart is always bowed low before my God..

I pray I never forget. 

God wants us to remember. Remember his mercy. Remember his provision. Remember his promises. Remember his power..

Remember his sacrifice. 

Help me, God, to look to you in every moment of my life. When I stand on the mountain top, I want to sing your praises, when I lay low in the valley, I want to sing your praises. When I have more and when I have less, let my heart always remember that everything in my life filters through your hand first. Job said it best...

"Naked I came from my mother's womb and naked I will leave. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." Job. 1:22

Blessed be the name of the Lord...

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