Deuteronomy 6:10 When the LORD your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—a land with fine, large cities that you did not build, 11 houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and when you have eaten your fill, 12 take care that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Moses is giving counsel to God’s people BEFORE they enter the promised land. These people have been wandering in the wilderness for decades. They have never owned property. Everything they possessed was an obvious gift. They could not and did not produce anything. That was about to change.
They would take possession of lands and towns and livestock and “all sorts of goods” they didn’t not work for. God’s fear is that, after a while, they would forget this truth. Which they did.
This morning I’m thinking about my own reality. Everything I possess is a gift from the Lord, but I often get into the mindset that it’s “mine” – to do with as I please. It is not. Which leaves me with a question. Am I being a good steward of the gifts God has entrusted to me? Have I internalized the “gift” that is my life – or do I act as if what’s mine is “mine”?
Lord reveal your truth to me in this area. Never let me forget from whom my blessings flow. Amen.