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Having a Good Day? Remember God

"Then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery" (Deut. 6:12).

Isn't it great to have a really good day? Better yet, it's great to have a good week, month or year. Oh! Lets just go for it...Isn't it great to have a good life? As I finish these three devotionals from Deuteronomy 6, lets take a look at what's ahead for the children of Israel as they move into the land promised to them.."When the Lord brings you into the land he swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you....." (V 10) The writer then goes on to tell what they have to look forward to; "large flourishing cities, house filled with all kinds of things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, vineyards and groves you did not plant.....Then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord." Can you imagine that? Things are going as great as they possibly can, and the people would forget the Lord? What ingrates could conceive doing such a thing?

It is one of the great ironies of life that God's people tend to forget Him when His blessings are the most abundant. It seems sometime that the adversity people are most ill equipped to handle is prosperity. I am reminded of a scene from the 1965 movie, Shenandoah. Charlie Johnson (James Stewart) says a prayer before a meal with his family and his words go like this; "Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed, it and harvested it. We cook the harvest. It wouldn't be here and we wouldn't be eating it if we hadn't done it all ourselves. We worked dog-bone for every crumb and morsel, but we thank you Lord just the same for the food we're about to eat...Amen."

After admonishing the people to take the law into their hearts and teach their children, Moses now makes this simple, but very important statement. "Be careful that you do not forget the Lord!" The religious life of Israel was filled with reminders of God. Each their feast seasons, from Passover to Succoth, were reminders to remember God. Every Lord's day we are told to meet together to remember God. Whether our lives have been really good or filled with some hardship, we are to gather together to remember Him. We are to sing praises to Him, pray, study His word, and most importantly, observe the Supper of His Son. Just as God chose Israel as His people, He has chosen us when we accepts Him and His Son into our lives. Lets remember Him, especially when the day is good...

Have a great day and remember God... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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