“I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of burning heat. When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.” (Hosea 13:5-6)
Did you ever notice the pattern that when we are in trouble we cry out to God, seeking His help and protection. But when He answers with blessings and has satisfied us and established us, we tend to become proud, even attributing our success to our own efforts. It may be human nature to do this, but we must guard against it. Moses warns Israel against this tendency way back in Deuteronomy 8:11-18, and many years later the prophet Hosea repeated the warning because the people had failed to obey.
Here’s the original warning by Moses: “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. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 8:11-14a).”
After describing some of the particulars of God’s blessing and protection he concludes his warning in verses 17-18: “You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”
I hope the new year brings you great success in your career and in your life, especially as you seek to follow God. I pray that God will bless you greatly and that you will never forget to give God the glory.
Question: Do you attribute your success to the blessing and provision of God?
Challenge: Prayerfully read Deuteronomy 8, and contemplate the importance of Moses’ warning.
Prayer: Lord, may we never forget to give you the glory for the success and blessing in our lives.
Dan Kinnaman, Chapel Leader -- Norwich Sea Unicorns