It’s a temptation that everyone who tastes even the smallest amount of success eventually faces. To whom, or to what, do we credit our success? And the temptation for all of us is to give credit to that person staring back at us in the mirror!
The Lord knew His people would face that temptation as they crossed the Jordan River for the first time and took possession of the Promised Land. As they moved into homes they hadn’t built and began enjoying fruit from trees they didn’t plant, and wine from vineyards they didn’t tend, their tendency would be to praise themselves and forget their God! Therefore, He gave them this reminder as a warning:
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” (Deuteronomy 8:17)
Oh how those thoughts creep into our minds. As I type these words, I’m sitting in a rented condo overlooking a scenic lake in one of our area’s top vacation destinations. It’s lovely and a real treat to enjoy. My temptation is to pat myself on the back and believe that I “deserve” this because I’ve worked so hard for it. Yes, I have worked hard, and it’s absolutely fine to enjoy the fruit of one’s labor. However, we still need to remember God’s hand in every good thing we enjoy. Here are God’s own words that followed the verse above:
But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth… (v.18)
Without the health and mental capacity the Lord gave us, we’d have no ability to produce the money needed to “do life.” Therefore, shouldn’t we thank Him for EVERYthing? When’s the last time you gave God credit for your ability to produce wealth? –Dave
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