THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2016
Key Bible Verse: [As you] watch your standard of living going up and up-make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget GOD, your God. (Deuteronomy 8:14, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Deuteronomy 8:1-18
Although no one enjoys feeling pain or fear, they play a vital role in our existence. Physically they help us stay alive in our dangerous world, and spiritually they awaken our souls to seek a beauty, a justice, and a freedom beyond what this present world can provide. In our comfort we forget the One who alone can deliver us from our true ailment.
This is certainly not a new temptation. Long before the propagation of consumer capitalism, God warned his ancient people about the dangers of comfort. While slaves in Egypt the people cried out to God for deliverance. They sought after him, and he heard their cries. As he led them to freedom in a good and fruitful land, the Lord repeatedly cautioned them not to forget him once they were comfortable.
But again and again Israel turned away from God in times of prosperity and peace. They became enamoured with his good gifts, and these comforts distracted the people from seeking God himself. As their connection to God was reduced to one of seeking material blessing, they became spiritual lepers-unable to feel the pains and fears of life that had led their ancestors to seek God while slaves in Egypt.
– Skye Jethani in With
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