Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 29, 2014

“watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 6:10-15.

“Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and 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 and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and 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 and swear by His name.  You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the Lord your God in the midst of you is a jealous God;  otherwise the anger of the Lord your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.”  Deuteronomy 6:10-15.

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About one week ago at the fellowship time after the worship service, I approached a retired seminary professor to discuss Psalm 44, the Scripture for the sermon that we heard that day.  He said that the “prosperity plus” 1920’s in which people did not seek God were followed by the “dirty thirties” (1930’s, some of the years of the Great Depression in which many people were unemployed, homeless, hungry,  and dirty).  The professor did not use these exact words, but my impression of his message was that God was saying and directing events:  “OK, you don’t need me?  Let us see.”

The professor then talked about German-occupation in the Netherlands in the early 1940’s.  I asked him if people attended church then.  He exclaimed:  “Yes!  The churches were packed!  People were crying out to God.”

I think of difficult financial times in my life described in “Letters to Harry” a/k/a “Gold Mining” that is tagged at the top of my web site.  I may have had difficulty financially, but I had prosperity spiritually as I desperately sought out God and Scriptures.

Today’s Scripture points out our tendency to forget about God during times of financial prosperity and warns us:  “… watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”  Verse 12.

So, if we are going through tough times (whatever they may be) and you find yourself seeking the LORD, rejoice!  But, if everything seems to be going your way, “… watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord”.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character;  and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Romans 5:3-5.

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