And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God (Deut 8:17-20)~~ There’s an old adage that people “forget where they came from”; in reference to a person that seems to progress in some way only to seemingly separate themselves from the people, the environment and everything else they were around prior to their progression. While it is positive to “grow” as you progress in life – especially when that growth is to something better, it’s extremely important to remember your benefactors, especially God who created the skills and talents that you used to get to where you are.
When we prosper in business, skill and possession, we find the temptation to pride, forgetfulness of God, and carnal-mindedness – very strong. We set our minds and ways to an attitude of self-sufficiency and self-reliance. We become so focused on our elevation that we forget the One that provides salvation. We are so consumed in OURselves and OUR achievements and OUR things – we actually end up being in worse shape than when we were … in worse shape! In our poorer times, we actually had the advantage; we more easily perceived our supplies coming from the Lord in answer to the prayer of faith; and, strange as it may seem, we found less difficulty in simply trusting Him for our daily bread.
Pride is natural to the human heart. But would one suppose that we, after our own history of trials, should need the thorns of a wilderness to humble us? None of us live a single week without giving proofs of our weakness, folly, and depravity. Here is the great secret of Divine Providence. All God’s gifts are in pursuance of his promises. He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. The consequences of forsaking and resisting God are indeed perilous! Forget not God’s former dealings with you as the trials you faced in former times were to do you good! In everything we must give thanks, guarding against the temptations of a prosperous condition. Don’t get so used to looking down from your high hill that you forget how to look up in reverence!