|Happy Canada Day!|
That's not to say life is easy for everyone. Even in prosperous North America there are too many families who struggle to meet their basic needs. But for most of us, we have enough and often more than enough.
Before he died, Moses spoke to the Isrealites. They were near the Promised Land, a land they had been looking forward to for generations, a land promised to their ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God called it "a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey." (Exodus 3:8). This is what Moses had to say to them.
"When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord you 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 8:10 - 14)
When life is good, it's easy to forget God. It's easy to forget that everything we have is from Him. Everything. From food and family to the air we breathe, "every good and perfect gift is from above, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17)
We don't set out to forget God. Instead it's a gradual turning away, forgetting a little more each day to rely on God. Forgetting to trust in Him - in His provision, His protection and His grace.
How do we prevent this gradual forgetting of God? Moses gives us the answers in verses 10 and 11. First, in verse 10, "When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you." Praise God for every good thing he has given you. Thank Him daily, multiple times a day even. Thank Him for the big things, like health and family, but don't leave out the little things, like the birdsong you enjoy hearing or the smell of chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven. A thankful heart will remember God.
And in verse 11, "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." In other words, pay attention to how you live. Don't get complacent and start slipping in your walk with God. Remember how He wants you to live and do your best to live that way. Of course, this comes back again to knowing God's commands. You can't live according to a standard you do not know. So crack open your Bible. Read it, study it and then apply it.
This week, whether you are Canadian, American or something else entirely, remember God. Look around and marvel at the many good things around you. Praise God. Thank Him. Study His commands and put them into practice.
Happy Birthday Canada!