Don’t Forget the Giver of Your Blessings

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

God pelted Pharaoh with plagues until he released the Israelite slaves.

That was just the beginning of God’s blessings for Israel. He orchestrated their Red Sea escape, protected them from enemies, provided them with food and water, and with clothes that didn’t wear out.

And he promised to give them a homeland draped in travel-poster beauty.

But he warned that when they became 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” (Dt 8:12–14).

And sure enough, they did.

That has danger written all over it for those who live where we live and have what we have.

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

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