God wants us to reconsider relying on our numbers, our power, and our smarts, and rely on God instead. After trusting that Jesus died on the cross for us, we often revert back to our own strength and power. It’s human nature, and it focuses us on the wrong thing…
10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
13 Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you
1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
Moses’ words to those about to enter the promised land are appropriate for us today: do not forget God. After all he has done for you and is doing for you, do not forget God. That is, perhaps, one of the great risks of relationship with Almighty God. We are prone to forget his hand and his blessings.
Moses wants Israel to realize that when they get to the promised land, they will live in “cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.” God is the reason they will receive the land. It is not their numbers or their power or their smarts. It is God.
We have this same risk today as followers of Jesus. After understanding and trusting that Jesus died on the cross for us, and after God sent his Spirit to be our life-guide and the presence of God in our midst, we often revert back to our own strength and power.
Jesus is the well we didn’t dig. He is the source of fresh, living water in our lives which didn’t come through our own effort or wisdom. Jesus is a free and fresh deep drink of water…
Part of this backsliding is to think that our standing before God is inflated by our goodness and righteousness. We think that if we can be better than other people in our good works or in creating a reputation or image that is better than others, we will look good to God as well.
Remember, God is the one who brought us out of our slavery to sin. God is the one who brought us out of our Egypt. He did it all through Jesus and we have done nothing to deserve God’s favour or earn his blessing. God made the move to reconcile us when we were his enemies:
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Not only can we never do anything to add to that gift from God, it is also permanent and cannot be added to in the future. In other words, we are to live in our reconciliation and redemption now. We are not to forget God’s love and grace and focus on ourselves.
We are to become living examples of his love and grace to the whole world.
Today, consider how you can rest in God’s grace and stop working to look good to God and others…