"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).
In other words, don’t forget where you came from! These verses offer us an excellent warning not to become too satisfied with ourselves and with what we have accomplished or acquired. It’s all too easy to become complacent and to start believing we are somehow responsible for our own good fortune.
This admonition doesn’t discount intelligence, hard work and thoughtful planning. Not at all! This is simply a reminder that once you get where you were headed, don’t forget to look back with gratitude and thanksgiving. God sustained you along the way. He is the one who made a way for you in the world. God is responsible for your intelligence, fortitude and abilities. Rather than become self-absorbed and prideful, we are to bow down with humility and awe that God would love one such as us.
The other danger to us once we have achieved great success, is that we forget who we were before we got to the mountaintop. It’s all too easy to forget who we left behind, and who we surpassed on the journey. Now is the time to extend a hand, offer a word of comfort, to give of our time and talents to benefit others.
The bottom line is that no matter where you are in life, God is there with you. He has been there from the moment you were conceived, and He will be with you when you breathe your last breath. He waits for you in heaven to greet you with loving arms.
My prayer today is that you offer up everything you are and everything you have to God in heaven, certain you will be rewarded 100 fold for your faith. And that you share your life, your time, your possessions and your faith at every opportunity.
Blessings on your journey,