Cautions Against Disobedience

The story is told of a good farmer who loved the Lord and believed in stewardship. He was generous indeed, and was asked by his friends why he gave so much and yet remained so prosperous. “We cannot understand you,” his friends said. “Why, you seem to give mo … More

Prosperity

God warns His people that they are not to forget Him after they get into the land and experience His blessing (v. 12). He would bless them with children and grandchildren and increase their numbers greatly. He would also increase their crops and livestock so they would not only have plenty to eat but a surplus to sell. Prosperity, more than poverty, can dull our spiritual senses because it tends to make us feel self sufficient instead of having a holy reverence for Him (v. 13).

God admonishes his people to not worship any of the gods of neighboring nations (v. 14) because he is a jealous God and His anger will flare up against them and wipe them from the face of the earth (v. 15). They are to diligently obey the commands and laws he has given to them (vv. 16-17). He will drive out all the enemies living in the land, just as He had solemnly promised (vv. 18-19). Moses says, “In the future your children will ask you, `What is the meaning of these stipulations, laws, and regulations that the LORD our God has given us?’ Then you must tell them, `We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with amazing power, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people (vv. 20-23).” This does not mean that there will only be prosperity and no suffering when they obey God. What is promised is a right relationship with God. It is not a blanket protection against poverty, adversity, or suffering (v. 24).

Application

My ultimate goal in life is not physical and material prosperity but a right relationship with the Lord. I have no way of knowing what trials and suffering I may experience in this life but He has promised me eternity with Him.

Deuteronomy 6:12-25 (English Standard Version)

Then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you- - for the LORD your God in your midst is a jealous God--lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth. "You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah. You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you. And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers by thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has promised. "When your son asks you in time to come, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you?' then you shall say to your son, 'We were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt. And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes. And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers. And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us."'

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