Scripture: 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, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Deuteronomy 8:11-14 NIV
Observation: Through Moses the Lord counsels the Israelites to not be distracted from following his commands as they were written for their protection.
Application: Deuteronomy 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the Old Testament. There is so much to learn about the Lord and how very much he loves us. If you notice people haven’t changed very much over the last 3000-4000 years. They share the same restless and self-destructive behavior,”what have you done for me lately?” or “I’m not hurting anyone but myself.” Today we struggle with balancing our responsibilities laundry, work, family, paying bills, little league and girl scouts, and we look for ways to release the stress. Unfortunately those distractions many times are not in tune with the Lord. When we take our eyes from him for even a minute Satan finds his in. The Lord has tried to protect us from Satan’s clever distractions for hundreds of years. Here in these passages the Lord warns the Jews and it rings true for us today. He tells us to stay focused and stick to his commandments. Don’t forget him for he will give all that we need. He reminds us how much our worship of him will help us to stay the course.
Prayer: Yes Lord, only you can protect me from the misleading values we hold in today’s world. Help keep my eyes focused on you no matter what distractions might lay ahead. You are my Lord and I will stand on your word. I will not forget your commandments for my protection. I will share the truth found in your word at every opportunity! Thank you lord for your love and direction. Amen