When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their forefathers, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods and worship them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant. Deuteronomy 31:20
God is speaking to Moses. Moses is close to death. God had just laid out some very plain statements. If Israel would follow him, he would make their life unbelievably amazing. If they did not, they would suffer greatly. Seems like a no-brainer. God knew that once they had a blessed life, they would forget about him.
There seems to be a tension in all of us. A tension to get to the blessed life. To get to a place where we live easy and free. To have enough wealth to be more than comfortable. To eat well and have a thriving life. While it might be a great place to live, it also has it’s dangers: we forget about God.
Some of the best spiritual times in my life are also when I am the most desperate. Times when if God doesn’t come through, I’m in deep trouble. Maybe those are the places that I should live. Too much comfort and it is all about me. I think that I can handle it all. I have little need for God.
God, I hate these prayers, but if being close to you means that I have to live less-than-comfortable life, I’ll choose you. May I never live in such a way that I turn to other things and forget that everything comes by your hand.
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