Forgetting the Lord

You will forget the Lord your God.
             —Deuteronomy 8:14

God pummeled Pharaoh with plagues until he released the Israelite slaves. That was just the beginning of his blessings to Israel. He orchestrated their Red Sea escape, protected them from fierce enemies, provided water and food, and clothes that didn’t wear out.

He promised to give them a homeland draped in travel-poster beauty—A destination dripping with milk and honey. But he knew that once they’d settled in and become prosperous they would forget the source of their blessings: “… when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down … then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:12-14).

And sure enough, they did. You won’t, will you?

Failure to be grateful for the gift
is an insult to the Giver.

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