We should never forget where we came from and who we were before the Lord saved us. As I was reading through Deuteronomy today, that’s the theme that stood out to me. I’m going to go over those verses and one other that I feel needs to be talked about. 

The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

Deuteronomy 7:7 (NIV)

When I read this verse, I’m reminded of something Jesus said about how difficult it is for the rich to enter into Heaven (cf. Matthew 19:24). When people think they have it all: health, wealth, power, and fame, they’re not as likely to see themselves in need of salvation as someone who has little or nothing. If people don’t know the Lord, then they think it was their hands that produced their blessings. 

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 (NIV)

People who know the Lord aren’t much different when they forget where they came from. I think the problem starts as soon as we stop giving glory to God. As soon as we stop giving the glory to God for all that we are and for everything that we have in our lives, we become proud in our hearts. We would be wise to heed this warning from Deuteronomy.

Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Deuteronomy 8:12-14 (NIV)

Along with material wealth is the danger of thinking we deserve all of the blessings God gives to us. When we forget who we once were we might start to see ourselves as righteous in our eyes, thinking we are better than everyone else.

It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Deuteronomy 9:5 (NIV)

Without Jesus, we are nothing, and without his mercy and grace, we’d all be wallowing in a pit of our sin, destined for destruction. When we see people around us who don’t know the Lord, our desire should be for them to know him because of what he did in our lives. Not just because they’re “sinners” (cf. Romans 3:23). There, but for the grace of God…

Childless People

Infertility is one of the most painful issues to deal with in a marriage. As people, we are so prone to point the finger of blame at whomever we deem to be responsible for our pain. This does nothing to help a marriage. As Christians, we turn to God’s word as a refuge in all times. When we read about barren people in the Bible, it’s always a woman who is barren and unable to have children. However, the state of infertility isn’t confined to just women. Men too can be unable to have children, and if you’re wondering if the Bible says anything about this, then you no longer have to because the Lord brings it up here in Deuteronomy. 

Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.

Deuteronomy 7:14 (KJV)

We are not unaware of the devil’s schemes, and one of those is to turn husbands and wives against each other. 

I hope you found something today that blesses you in some special way. Thanks for stopping by!

Do you know God? God knows you, and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away. 

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.