Deuteronomy 8-9

Read Deuteronomy 8-9.

Remember. That is the message for the people of Israel in these chapters. Remember who God is, what He has done on your behalf, and how He has called you to live. Remember. It’s a good word for us as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week. Like Israel, it can be easy for us to forget in the moment how far God has already brought us. It can be tempting for us to say in our hearts, “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.” Or as we’re more likely to say, “Look what I’ve done. I earned this. I deserve this.” But is that always the case? If so, what does that mean for those who don’t have what you have? Are they automatically less deserving? Moses would caution us against making such judgments. Instead of jumping to the conclusion that the good things in our lives point to our goodness, he would have us recognize that we have a God who remembers His promises to His people. Our God is patient and merciful and determined to make all things right. Let’s take a few moments to remember the ways He’s demonstrated that in our lives.

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