Don't Forget

Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 4:44-49; 5:1-5, 22-33; 6; 7; 8 - Listen (ch. 5-8)

Here is my own personalized paraphrase of Deuteronomy 8:1-18:

Carefully obey every command God has given you so that you may live with a clear conscience and experience the good things God has planned for you. Remember how the Lord your God led you by the hand, walking with you down every path you traveled. He made you walk through the hard times to humble you and to test you, in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands and do what is right. He humbled you, causing you to hunger for a deeper relationship with him, and then feeding your spirit richly with his love. Your pain was meant to teach you to look beyond the pursuit of your daily physical needs and pay more attention to your daily spiritual needs - to realize that you need to feed upon and draw strength from God's word every day. Listen for what he wants to say to you. He has always provided your physical needs. Know then, in your heart, that just as you discipline your children, so the Lord your God disciplines you. He corrects you out of a heart of love, not desiring to hurt you, but to help you mature and develop wisdom and discernment.

Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and revering him, for the Lord is bringing you out of the dry desert and will make your life full and rich. When you have experienced His blessings and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good things He has given you. Guard your heart from becoming complacent, shallow and prideful when life becomes easy. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, ignoring his words and his gentle tug at your heart. He patiently led you through your wilderness, loving and caring for you even when you doubted and rejected him. He wanted to humble and test you so that your trust in him would grow and, in the end, it might go well with you. You might say to yourself, "My own power and strength have brought this good fortune." But remember that it is the Lord who gives you the ability to prosper, and so, confirms his covenant of love with you.