“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” – Deuteronomy 8:18
God instructed His people to remember Him when they came into the land of blessing. They were to:
1. Remember the Lord’s Promise
God promised them in verse one that if they would obey all His commandments that He would give them life and blessing. In verses 19 and 20, God warns them that disobedience would cause them to perish.
God also promised His people in chapter 9:1-3 that He would go before them and prove greater than their greatest enemies.
Do you truly believe that God will bless your life and give you victory in the face of great odds if you simply trust Him and do what He says? that God can do more that matters with your life than you can?
Remember the LORD’s Promise of blessing for obedience when making decisions about your future. Do not leave Him out of the equation of your life when deciding which path you will take. True success in life is a by-product of obedience to His Word (Joshua 1:8).
2. Remember the Lord’s Purpose
Verses 2-10 teach us that God humbles and proves us through the trials of life for the purpose of showing us our need for Him, His Word, His keeping power and provision.
No one can sin successfully. God loves us so that He works through the consequences of our sin to bring us to Himself. He disciplines us to teach us.
What is God teaching you about Him, yourself, life, etc. through your present difficulties?
Remember the LORD’s Purpose in your pain. Do not leave God out of the equation of your life when things go wrong. Let God empty you of self-will and fill you with His fullness by looking beyond your heartaches and seeing His hand at work in your life.
3. Remember the Lord’s Power
We read in verses 11-18 of how God brought His people through and what He was taking them to. They would work hard in the land of promise and the profit of their labour would be evident.
God instructed them to remember that the power or ability, opportunity and strength that they had to accumulate material possessions came from Him. He was the Source of their substance and they were not to get so caught up in their blessings that they forgot their Blesser.
Remember the LORD’s Power when you begin to be rewarded for your work. Do not leave God out of the equation of your life by thinking that “my power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this [education, job, family, house, vehicle, money, etc.].” Be grateful. Be humble. Honour the God who has blessed you so with your time, talent and treasure.
May we ever remember the One who will never forget us.
“And he remembered for them his covenant…”(Psalm 106:45)
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
“Them that honour me will I honour.” (I Samuel 2:30)