It’s interesting to me that this would be what has come to my attention (from Deuteronomy of all places) since it is so close to Christmas. Maybe God’s trying to tell me something??
Deut. 6: God is the Giver of all good gifts.
vv. 10-13 “Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, to give you, great & splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards & olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat & are satisfied, then watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him & swear by His name.”
We have not done anything to deserve anything good that we have been given. We must watch ourselves not to forget the Lord who brought us out of slavery. It’s so easy to think that the good things in our lives are because we’ve made good decisions or done the right things, but the truth is, if what we got in life were to reflect what we have earned, we would still be in slavery to sin and no better than the people who live the most base and filthy lives. How often I take God’s amazing gifts for granted.
Deut. 11: It’s Our Choice
In this chapter, God sets before the people the rewards of obedience & the consequences of disobedience. He says “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse.” He promises to bless them, to send rain in its season, to remove their enemies, etc. when the people are obedient. And He promises to shut up the heavens & that “[they] will perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving [them]” if they are disobedient.
The application can be made to our lives as well. To the Israelites, God promised a land that was the best there was in all the earth. It was theirs to simply go into & possess & enjoy by trusting God & following the commandments He set for them. To us, His adopted children, He promises abundant life. He has it all prepared for us; it’s there for us to just possess. The only thing we have to do is trust that God’s abundant life really is the absolute best there is for us & then follow His commandments in order to possess it. How often I miss God’s best because I refuse to leave the familiar “land” of mediocrity & move into the unknown-but-God-guaranteed “land” of the abundant life.
Father, please help me to recognize the times I’m choosing less than Your best & to have the faith to move into the abundant life You desire to give me.