Our church is going through a Bible reading plan together, and we are currently in Deuteronomy. As God brings his people out of the wilderness, he continually reminds his people to remember him as they enter into an abundant season of life.
“And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” – Deuteronomy 6
“Take care lest you forget the Lord your God … who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.” – Deuteronomy 8
He even gave the Israelites practical tips on how to remember him through his commands:
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6 (emphasis added)
It’s easy to begin puffing ourselves up when circumstances turn out in our favor.
Might we remember the Lord our God as we continue on the mission Jesus gives us and not foolishly fall into the trap of thinking we can do it in our own strength.