Deuteronomy 6:10-12 New International Version (NIV) [A Passage for Thanksgiving Week, re-posted from 11/14/18]
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
Here’s my American Thanksgiving paraphrase: When you are enjoying all the good gifts God has blessed you with—a land with freedom you didn’t have to die for, infrastructure you didn’t build, inventions you didn’t design, and opportunities you didn’t create—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who has blessed you so richly.
The message of Moses in Deuteronomy 6 is as relevant to us today as it was to the Israelites entering the Promised Land. Why? Because it is too easy to forget what the Lord has done, particularly when we get comfortable. My friend, Steve Moore, puts it this way; “Moses knows we all suffer from spiritual dementia: our current circumstances damage our long-term memory, especially when those circumstances are abundant.” And many of us are experiencing abundant blessing, even in the midst of imperfect circumstances.
Preparing for the Thanksgiving Holiday
So, take time this week to express your gratitude to the God of Heaven who cares about you personally. Take a break from stressing about what you don’t have, or still want, or hope to achieve, and be thankful for what you do own, and have received, and the goodness you have experienced. Most of all, if you are a follower of Jesus, thank God for adopting you into His family, because you have a Father that is always able to provide you with what you really need. Amen.