Deuteronomy 24-27, Psalm 61
Chuck Swindoll said, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life… The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” Many would see things quite the opposite. Many fancy themselves the captain of their own ship in the sea of life. Pride makes many feel they are in total control of 90% of their lives. Do we look at all that we have in our lives: our jobs, our money, our families, our everything, as being self-made or God-given. The answer to that question will determine whether we live a life that is full of pride and grumbling. Or, if we realize the truth that it all is a gift from God, we can’t help but develop a sense of profound thankfulness and a servant’s mentality. That servant’s mentality will then spill over to every area of our life allowing us to be a blessing wherever we are.
Throughout the book of Deuteronomy, God continues to remind the people of Israel that everything that they received during their journey, along with everything that they were about to receive in the Promised Land was not due to their intelligence, strength, wisdom, etc. But it was all given to them by God. We read in Deuteronomy 26:2, “that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you,…”. We read in 26:3, “…I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the country which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.” Again in 26:8-9, “So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He has brought us to this place and has given us this land,”. He summarized in 26:11, “So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord your God has given to you…”. It is only by realizing this that pride would have no place in their lives.
The same is true of us today. When we realize that the light within us is also not accomplished, but God-given, we will go on to fulfill the command in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” When we realize how feeble our own strength is and how powerful our God is, we can echo Paul’s comments in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
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