Poised at the edge of the Promised Land, Moses tells the Children of Israel: “For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.” (Deuteronomy 8:7-9)
He spoke of Israel, the land that God promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But the description reminds me of home. In the midst of financial stress, compounded by natural disasters, we Americas tend to forget how abundantly blessed we really are.
Moses warned Israel, “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. . . You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth. . .” (Deuteronomy 8:10, 17-18)
If you live in a land of plenty, as I do, how about joining me in a shout of praise to God for giving us this good land?
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