Read:  Deuteronomy 8:1-9:6

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, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”   Deuteronomy 8:17-18

Growing up I had a strict bedtime. In bed by 8:30, eyes closed by 9.

Occasionally, my parents would let me stay awake to watch awards shows. I’d be absolutely exhausted at school the next day, but it was worth it to see some of my favorite music stars perform.

I remember one particular time when my favorite singer won multiple awards at the Grammys. There I was in my Smurfs pajamas jumping and yelling as she walked gracefully across the stage in her sequined gown and sparkling shoes. As she took her award and gazed out into the crowd, she leaned into the microphone and said, “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him none of this would be possible or matter.”

I was just a little girl, but I was deeply impacted.

The culture we live in tells us that if we go to the right school, know the right people, connect in the right circles, and climb the right ladders, success is inevitable. Often we find ourselves keeping mental checklists of our accomplishments and “dues paid” to validate us. Our “works” qualify us for success.

But, that’s not God’s way. God wants us to be reminded, just as He reminded the Israelites, that He is the one that gives us every gift, every provision, every opportunity, and ultimately is worthy of our praise. His blessings are not results of our works, rather evidence of His Sovereignty and goodness. In actuality, this is freeing! We do not need to strive for God’s blessings, we simply need to abide in Him and allow His power IN us to work THROUGH us.

God, You are the source of our identity. Help us to always acknowledge You as the giver of our gifts and source of our blessings. We thank You for the power to be successful and thriving in our communities, in our jobs, in school, and in our church. Forgive us for the times we’ve glorified our accomplishments above Your goodness. You are good! In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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