Monday, March 21, 2011

Are You Fat?

That title was meant to grab your attention, not make you mad.  I'm not asking about your physical condition.  I'm wondering about the condition of your heart.

Finally, after 400 years in Egypt and 40 years wandering in the desert, the promised land is in sight.  God, in His omniscient power, told Moses that after his death, the people would become fat and lazy.  While they were in the desert, the Israelites were dependent on God.  Sure, there were times of grumbling and complaining, but they knew they needed God for their very survival.  He gave them manna from Heaven and brought quail to their camp.  When they were thirsty, God gave them water.  The Bible says that even after 40 years of walking, their feet did not swell, and their clothes did not wear out.  (Deut. 8:4)  God provided for their every need.

For I will bring them into the land I swore to give their ancestors - a land flowing with milk and honey.  There they will become prosperous, eat all the food they want, and become fat.  But they will begin to worship other gods; they will despise me and break my covenant.  Deuteronomy 31:20 NLT

But now they were entering the land of plenty.  Everything the Israelites needed to survive was right before them.  Who needs manna when the land is flowing with milk and honey?   The land had grapes so big that it took two men to carry a single cluster. (Num. 13:23)  Everyone could eat their fill and there would still be plenty.  They needed God in the desert, but now they were in the land of Canaan, their promised land. 

Where are YOU today?  Are you in the desert, or have you reached the other side?  Wherever you are in life I challenge you today:

Remember God.  

Acknowledge your dependence on God. 

Keep your eyes fixed on God.   

Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:23-24
23.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
24.  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful post! You DID grab my attention with your title. I pray that I don't become 'fat' in the good times!

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  2. This is great! How often we get comfortable and forget about God. Sometimes we are so busy "doing" things in our own strength we forget how desperately we still need God. Being in the desert isn't fun but sometimes it serves as a necessary reminder to remain completely dependant on God. Really Great post this morning!!:)

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  3. Your title mad me smile. :)

    I don't ever want to forget God. I don't ever want to rely on myself or the world. Thank you for this wonderful remind.

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  4. I love you 3 reminder steps at the end. So simple and yet so hard to remember to do sometimes.

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  5. I love this, I don't EVER want to forget God, no matter how good or bad things get. Always always keep my eyes on God.

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  7. Love the title! I want to be totally dependent on God and all He has to offer!

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  8. Excellent post Lisa!

    It's very easy to get complacent when things are going smoothly and forget the One who sustains us all the time. Whether we're in the desert struggling or on the other side reaping the bounty, we still need to remember Him and give thanks for His Blessings.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  9. You are so right, Lisa. I think this is why the church in North America is so (relatively)ineffective. We've put on pounds! I remember when I had to trust God for my monthly food allowance. Now I have money in the bank. It changes the direction you lean. And that's just an economic analogy for the spiritual malaise we're in.

    My bathroom scale give me another analogy! A good warning.

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