Deuteronomy 4—6, Mark 11:1—18 • Key Verse: Deuteronomy 6:12
When things are going well, it is very easy to forget God. He knew that this temptation lay in the
path before the people of Israel.
The way had been rough. For 40 years the people had endured the difficulties of being desert
nomads, literally burying a generation (see Deut. 1:35). Only the young, along with-Caleb and
Joshua, were spared from the judgment of God. Now Moses was preparing them to move into the
God was giving them cities that they did not build, houses filled with good things, wells that
were in place, and vineyards and olive groves that they did not plant.
With blessing, however, comes a peril. The peril of prosperity is that we sometimes forget God
and His blessings. Instead, we rely on self, enjoying the ease.
The words of Moses ring true for us today. He said, “When you eat and are satisfied, be careful
that you do not forget the Lord”
Solomon’s prayer also is vital in this regard: “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me
only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the
LORD?”’ (Prov. 30:8-9).
Write out a list of God’s blessings, and then add to it each day for a week. It will keep you from
forgetting the goodness of God.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett