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05/06/2014

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That Strange Paradox


"When the Lord your God brings you to the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you --- a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant --- 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.6:10-12).

A paradox is defined as a statement that may be true but seems to say two opposite things. It may be filled with contradictions. The writer of the Book of Deuteronomy (Moses) is begging the people not to fall into a paradoxical trap. The paradox here is that sometimes people tend to give thought to God in inverse proportion to His blessings. Moses was warning the people not to fall into that snare... It ought to be a lesson well taken for us today. It almost seems natural for folks to turn to God and others for comfort when hardship strikes. Because they need someone to lean on, God is the constant. The paradox occurs when things are going really well. Maybe its hard to identify with the vineyards, olive groves, and wells, but we could make a more current applications... We can identify with the eating and being satisfied though. The unfortunate lesson here should not be wasted. People often forget God when things are going really well... They take the position of the man in the gospel of Luke chapter 12. This rich man had an especially good crop one year. He had so much that he tore down his barns to build bigger ones. He then said to himself; "I have plenty of good things laid up for many years... Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry...." I am all for having enough to eat and drink, and I certainly want to be happy with my life. The man's mistake was that he had stored everything up only for himself, "but is not rich toward God..." Both Moses and Jesus are telling us that we must remember the source. We must get even closer to God in our plenty than in our need. Lets not get caught up in the paradox... God is the fount of every blessing...

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you.. Love mark Phil.4:11

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