Michael Wittmer

READ : Deuteronomy 8:1-20

Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. (v. 11)

I just finished reading the slips of paper in my family’s zikaron jar, named after the stones of memorial which Israel piled high in the Jordan River when they crossed into Canaan (Jos. 4:7). These handwritten notes describe our excitement at the birth of our children, our first “real” jobs, and more personal answers to prayer. They remind of God’s provision in the past and renew my faith for the future. Not long ago I was single, childless, and unemployed. How much God has blessed in ten years!

Memory is a main concern of Deuteronomy. Like other treaties in the ancient world, God’s covenant reminds of benefits before making demands. So the Lord reviews his care of Israel before urging allegiance to him. So long as Israel remembered their deliverance from Egypt and providential care in the desert they would eagerly obey God in the Promised Land. But if they forgot – if they foolishly concluded that their hard work was responsible for their success – they would forsake God and suffer defeat.

Where were you ten or twenty years ago? Recall at least one way your life is better now than you ever could have imagined then. Tell God you know it was him.


Thank you, Father, for ____________________________.