“When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 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.” 8:10-11
I struggle with this, maybe you do too. I have most of my direct needs met, I’m well-fed, I have a warm home, I’m healthy and my family members are relatively healthy. This creates the illusion that I don’t need God as much. But what is that saying to him about our relationship? If I only remember and obey him when I’m in dire need, I’m treating him like a dispenser. My obedience becomes a performance to earn something from him. Our relationship with God shouldn’t be hinged on our circumstances. Are you in a hard season of life, one thing hitting you after another? Draw near to him. Hunker down daily with your Bible and read. Write down whats hard for you, write down what you need and want. Are you in a joyful, plentiful season of life? Draw near to him. Hunker down daily with your Bible and read. Write down what he’s blessing you with and what you’re thankful for.
Moses gives us good advice: praise God, remember him and be obedient. These habits will bring you closer to God and will prevent pridefulness. I feel convicted by this! I don’t want my relationship with God to mirror a greedy kid, putting on my best behavior because I need something. I want an authentic relationship where I obey him because I trust and love him. I come to him with the good and the bad, my prayers of thankfulness and my cries for help.
Take notice of your tendencies today, do you only seek out God’s presence when you need something?