Remembering The Source

by Jason on August 29, 2009

This week I’ve spent some time thanking God for his provision.  I’m constantly amazed at how He takes care of His children.  I’ve seen this recently in friends lives and in our own lives.

If you’re like me though, it’s sometimes easy to forget who the true source of provision is.

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I find myself constantly leaning towards self-sufficiency and pride rather than leaning on the Jehovah Jireh, our provider!

I came across this Scripture that serves as a great reminder that God is the one who provides and it is He we need to give our praise and thanks to.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (ESV):

Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

ESV Study Bible notes for reflection:

Deut. 8:17 say in your heart. See 7:17 and note on 7:17–18. This verse puts into words the pride alluded to in 8:14 and is the climax of vv. 12–17.

Deut. 8:18 Instead of forgetfulness (vv. 11, 14), Israel is to remember. See v. 2 and note on vv. 2–3; 5:15 and note. it is he who gives you power. This is an explicit corrective to the proud words in 8:17. Israel’s future wealth will be evidence of God’s faithfulness to keep covenant. as it is this day. See 2:30 and note.

Let’s remember this weekend that God is the source of our abilities and power to work, to save and to give.  Let’s also remember His great gift in His Son, Jesus – the author and perfecter of our faith!

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