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The Prosperity Trap!

Scripture reading for February 24th: Deuteronomy 8-11

God’s ways are that of a father.  He cares deeply for the welfare of His children and because He loves them, He disciplines them.  Moses, in his second message, continued to encourage this younger generation to remember, listen, and learn to obey God completely so that they would enjoy and prosper in the new land God was giving them.  In fact, Moses had prophetic insight about a major problem that they would soon face and sought to warn them about a danger he saw lurking in this wonderful new land.

This land was a good land and full of wonderful things that would supply needs of the children of Israel.  There were valleys and hills, vineyards and groves of fig trees, land to grow wheat and barley, and an abundance of pasture for flocks.  There were deposits of precious minerals in the land and the ability to have wealth.  Moses warned them to be careful when they enjoyed this wealth.  They could easily forget God!  (Deuteronomy 8:10-11) When that happened they would surely find trouble.

Prosperity is something we all would like to have and God also wants us to prosper.  (3 John2)  Our thinking often goes something like this: ” if only we had a nice home on some land, then we will be happy and satisfied.”   We scrimp and save to finally get the nice home but find our friend got a nicer home!  We are soon dissatisfied and begin the process all over again, losing sight of the joy of a relationship with God and  with our family because we placed our focus on getting something.

Real prosperity is loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  (Deuteronomy 6:4) It is contentment with what God provides and enjoyment of His presence with us on our journey.  We need to remember that He is the source of everything.  (Deuteronomy 8:17)  God took His children through the wilderness to demonstrate that He would take care of them.  They had manna to eat every day, but were dissatisfied with that supernatural food.  He wanted them to learn that our true food is the word of God coming from His mouth to us.  (Deuteronomy 8:3-4)  Jesus reiterated these words from Deuteronomy when He was tempted of the devil to turn stones into bread in the wilderness.  (Matthew 4:2-4)  Jesus went on to live this out for us and shows us the way to ultimate prosperity!

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