The Dangers of Forgetting God

There’s a story about a man from the city who was visiting relatives on a farm. He was out walking around with the farmer when the farmer gave a whistle and his dog herded the cattle into the corral, and then latched the gate with her paw. “Wow, that’s some dog. What … More


Moses spells out the dangers of forgetting that God is the source of every blessing that we enjoy (v. 11). These Jews had been slaves in Egypt, having nothing, and soon they would be living in nice houses, taking care of their large flocks and accumulating their silver and gold (vv. 12-13). This kind of success has a way of making us proud (v. 14), and we can soon forget God and what we were before God called us.

God went on to remind Israel of where they had come from, what He had brought them through and what He had done for them, “Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end (vv. 15-16).”

God’s reminder of His provision is next, “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth (v. 17), that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day (v. 18).” God will not let us steal His glory. He wants us to give Him glory for all that He does for us (vv. 19-20)


It is so easy for me to forget to give God thanks, or credit, for the many things He does for me in this life. He is the one who has given me the promise of an abundant life, and He never fails to fulfill His promises. I just need to stop every once in a while and give Him praise for all He does.

Deuteronomy 8:11-20 (English Standard Version)

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