|When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you on this day…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 forefathers, as it is today. –Deuteronomy 8:10-20
It is interesting to me that Moses warned us thousands of years ago of the very thing that is still destroying us today. As I read the book of Amos today, I heard the voice of a father pleading to his children to turn back to him so that he wouldn’t have to destroy them. The Israelites proved much better at handling hardships than success. Whenever things were bad, no one could separate them from God. The followed every commandment and sought after only him, but the moment that things started to look up, they turned away from God and began to create and worship idols.
Just like the Israelites of old, I have noticed that we Christians of today serve God better in hardships than success. Think about it. I have known many people that stayed at Church for hours in prayer because they were looking onto God for a job, a spouse or a child, but as soon as God blessed them with the desires of their heart, we never saw them again. They were either at work or too tired from work, on vacation with their partner, or didn’t want to bring their child outside. They turned their jobs, spouses, children, etc into idols and forgot the Lord their God.
Take an honest evaluation of yourself and see where you fit in. Do you still worship God as much as you did during your hardships? Do you believe that you wouldn’t have anything you have if it weren’t for God? Do you think your wisdom, power and strength have produced for you the wealth that you have? What occupies the largest portion of your heart, God or your god? How does your worship to God during hardships compare to your worship during success?
Think about these questions and then read Deuteronomy 8 and Amos 6. Think about the similarities between your stories and then do something about it. Change your fate today. It is too late for the Israelites of old, but not for you. God is giving you another chance today. Change your fate brethren. Change your fate!
Stay blessed and spread the word.