God is good and His blessings are many. Always be thankful for God’s blessings in your life. Thank Him often. God was bringing the children of Israel into the Promised Land. It was a land of plenty. Deuteronomy 8:7-9 tells us it was a land of streams, pools, springs, valleys and hills. It was a land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, honey and lots of bread to put the honey on. It was a land of copper and iron. It was a land of blessings. Aren’t you glad for the blessings of God in your life? Me too.
After the list of blessings comes the warning, our Verse of the Day. “Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.” Deuteronomy 8:11 (NIV) The Israelites were being warned not to get their eyes so much on the blessings of God that they forget the God of the blessings. They were being warned that once they settled in the land, their bellies were satisfied, they built nice houses, their flocks grew, and their wealth increased to not become proud and forget God. (Vv. 11-14). The New Living Translation puts verse 14 this way. “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.”
Verse 17 tells us the next step after forgetting God is to take all the credit. “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’” (NIV) Don’t take the credit for what God has blessed you with. Without God we can do nothing. The first part of verse 18 says, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth….” (NIV) Don’t forget where the blessings came and come from. Don’t get your eyes so much on the blessings of God that you forget the God of the blessings. God bless!