Today’s reading Deuteronomy 6-8
Deuteronomy 6:11-12 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; 12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
God was taking the children of Israel into the Promised Land. They would receive many things that they didn’t do themselves. There would be houses full of all good things, wells that were already dug, vineyards, and olive trees. All of this would be there before they arrived.
God wanted them to remember that He had given them these things. They should remember that they had been slaves in Egypt and then God had brought them to this land with all of its blessings.
But they like us would want to think that they had done it! They fought the battles. They walked and traveled there. They defeated their enemies.
It is so easy to see how they would want to take credit for what they did. They would soon begin to think that they had escaped from Egypt, that they had made it all the way across the wilderness, the Red Sea, and the Jordan River. They would begin to think of how ingenious they were. They would think of their hard work and forget that God had answered prayer and worked great miracles.
Isn’t that how we handle things today. We forget that God is at work in our lives. We forget that God saved us. That God gave us our good family, our health, our ministry, our everything. We begin to think of how hard we have worked. We work harder than others. We are smarter than others.
We forget God! We forget that He did a work in us! We begin to think too highly of ourselves. Maybe today is the day to remember that He has done the work and that He gets the praise!