Deuteronomy 8

Deuteronomy 8 has a strong reminder about the reality of God being in control.  Moses tells the people “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers”.  I love how he begins by focusing on obedience to the whole commandment.  Being obedient is not about picking and choosing what we want to do.  It isn’t a self service kind of thing – doing some of what God commands and ignoring the things we really don’t want to do.  That is not obedience.

Moses goes on to tell the people “you shall remember the whole way”.  There is that word again – whole.  We also can’t have selective memories and just think of the good times we experience.  We must recall the pain of our sin and remember the need for God “that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord”.  We not only have to remember and obey the words that He’s already given to us in scripture, but also what He speaks to us through His Holy Spirit.  We need to be listening to His truth and walking in it.

God is faithful.  Remember the miracles of His people as they have wandered the last 40 plus years?  “Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years”.  That is a miracle by any standard. To walk for that long and not have issues is something only God could orchestrate.  It wasn’t without some challenges though, and Moses reminds us that “as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you”.  God does exect obedience. “So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him”.  Not an option, just the expectation.

The final lesson in this chapter has to do with our money and wealth.  We must be careful to remember this truth.  “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth”.  We aren’t the ones who make money and accumulate wealth.  God does that and then entrusts it to us.  It is all His.  We are merely stewards of what He allows.  We must be careful not to fall into the trap of believing “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth” because that is just not the case.  It is all God’s.  Some of it He allows us to use.  The penalty for forgetting is severe.  “If you forget the Lord your God….you shall surely perish”.  God is in control.  He alone is at the top of the org chart!

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