Matters of Faith: Don’t Ever Forget!

By Rev. J. Loren Russell

“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, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 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; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 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— 17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ 18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 8:11-18 NKJV

If you’ve ever been abundantly blessed with those things you had been praying and hoping for, then you know what’s it’s like to have a euphoric experience. It’s like floating on a cloud. Your worst nightmares have been transformed into your brightest dreams. Your loneliest hours have become joy-filled days. It’s almost indescribable. All that you’ve hoped for has been given to you. (You did notice that I said abundantly blessed?)

Deuteronomy 8 recounts Moses writing to the Children of Israel as they were preparing to come out of the wilderness. Their people had been in slavery for 400 years, given their freedom by Pharaoh, then chased by his army to the ocean side. They crossed that sea, walking on dry land, then watched as Pharaoh’s army was drowned in the Red Sea. They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years eating manna from heaven, a food no one had ever heard of or seen before. They were given the Ten Commandments and wore clothes that never wore out. The people standing before Moses as he delivers this proclamation of a second chance are the children of the original escapees, who had all died during the forty years in the wilderness. Now these children are standing at the precipice of entering the land promised to their ancestors — a land flowing with milk and honey.

This was the abundant blessing that was promised. They were going to “a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills;  a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey;  a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.” (vv. 7-9 NIV). What could possibly be wrong with any of that? Just one thing; the Lord knew that they had the propensity to think and act like it was because of something they did that resulted in all these blessings. Moses said, “then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth’” (vv. 17).  

Moses wanted to make sure that they never forget who was responsible for their abundance and their blessings. He tells them that they did nothing to deserve any of the blessings they are receiving. They were beneficiaries to promises made to their ancestors. They were never to forget that those ancient promises were being manifested in their lifetime. He says emphatically, you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day (v. 18).

Whatever blessing you have received, are currently experiencing, or will receive in some distant future, don’t ever forget that it is Jehovah Jireh, my provider, Elohim, the all-powerful one, YHWH,  the great I am, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Anointed One who gives us the power to get wealth. It is He and He alone that enables us to get wealth. Lest we forget and think that it’s our personal power and might that led to the abundant blessings we have received, don’t ever forget who is the source and the substance of all that we have, all that we are, and all that we will ever be. Don’t ever forget!

Be Blessed +++

Rev. J. Loren Russell, associate minister at both Goodwill and The Greater Universal Baptist Churches in the Bronx, President/CEO of The JLR Company for Church Financial & Strategic Consulting, host of “Matters of Faith – The Radio Show” on Soul 1 Radio, Monday’s 8:00 – 10:00 PM (626-226-1448), author of Matters of Faith: The Book.

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