FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:10-17
Deuteronomy 8:10-17 says, “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was not water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’” Here we find God warning Israel after all that they have seen Him do to bring them into freedom and blessing that if they forget Him then He will turn against them. As soon as they begin to think by their great power they have gained wealth then they are in big trouble. Why is this passage so important? It is because of the important application we can make in our nation today. America is following a risky and a dangerous pattern of disobedience in many ways like Israel walked. The result for Israel was the nation walking into destruction. Deuteronomy 8:10-18 could be said about the last thirty years of American life and culture. There is currently the advent of a new president who is pursuing a reversal of everything the previous president accomplished. Now there is a great clamor from the wicked as they watch their wickedness reversed. Core values of wisdom, decency and integrity are under assault by those who would suppress the truth by their wickedness. In 2 Thessalonians 2 we read the term, ‘the mystery of lawlessness.’ What a fitting term that is to the era we live in. Godly wisdom is being challenged on every side. There is a reason God sends awakenings. We are in the beginning of a necessary one and if we do not carry it through we may well lose the nation. God gave a new president to demonstrate His hostility for the priorities and actions of his wicked predecessor! Praying in tongues will guide us in judiciously navigating the needed changes.