When God moves on our behalf, we should be careful not to allow that to cause us to be boastful or proud. God was preparing Israel for one of the biggest national coups that would take place. He was going to displace several nations to make room for His people, Israel.
But before they even get into the land, God says, “It is not because you are so good or have such integrity that you are about to occupy their land.” God makes it very plain to them that what He is about to do has nothing to do with them. He goes on to say that He is doing it as an act of judgment for those people’s sins and to keep a promise to a previous generation. It had nothing to do with the current generation of Israelites.
This is a powerful reminder for us. Some of the blessings that we enjoy are not because we did anything right! It’s because of God’s commitment to the prayers of another that we have some of the things we enjoy. Our responsibility is to be grateful for everything we have and not become haughty!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32; Luke 8:22-39; Psalm 70:1-5; Proverbs 12:4