He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 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.
If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.
– Deuteronomy 8:15-20
God is love and He gives His people good gifts. But there is a danger people fall into when they are blessed. They become so enamored with the gifts, they forget the giver. They get puffed up, congratulating themselves on their own success, forgetting that only God gives people power to prosper (Deuteronomy 8:18).
Be thankful for all the blessings you enjoy
– Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
We have done it. Okay, there may be a pure Saint here or there, but we do something that we are proud of. We did it. It was our accomplishment.
The self-esteem from those accomplishments is not, in itself, bad. When we forget that God had a hand in it, we have a problem. Did the people of Israel make the manna? Did they bring the water from hard rock in a dry land? Did they cure themselves from snake bites? No, God did those things.
Yet, when we pour the foundation and with the help of one or two others build our own home, we forget that God was there, too. The day that we were putting up the roof, did the rain hold off until the roof was sealed in? That happened to me once. God doesn’t keep all the pain away, but He let’s you know that He is there. But many times, the painful times are when I feel closest to God. That’s odd, knowing that there will be no pain in the next life, when we will be right there with Jesus all the time.
When looking at the Scripture, it reminds you of heroes who have fallen on hard times. You ask their friend or relative, and the answer is almost predictable, “They read their own press clippings.” They heard the praise, and they thought how great they were. They forgot God and the contribution God made in their success.
Let us never forget how God has played a role in our lives. If we gave it more thought, we might remember that he has counted every hair on our head. God has contributed to our success in more ways than our minds can fathom.
Praise be to God.