When God Blesses Us With Wealth
Chapter 8 is a very important chapter. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, each time He overcame Satan with the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. He never got into a discussion or an argument with Satan. To whatever Satan said, Jesus had only one answer: "It is written." In the three temptations, he quoted from only two chapters in the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy 8:3 was the first: "not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God." the other two quotations were from Deuteronomy 6:16, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God". And Deuteronomy 6:13, "Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and shalt serve him only".
This shows us that Jesus had studied the book of Deuteronomy. There is an answer in God's word to every temptation and every problem we can ever face in life, if we know where to find it. I have never come across a problem in my life that had no answer in God's word. That's why I want to encourage every believer to be a student of God's Word.
From your earliest youth, study God's word and you will find that when you face mountains and rivers you can go past all of them and fulfill God's Purposes.
David says, "By my God I can leap over a wall". (Psalms 18:29). there is no obstacle that can stand in our way. there is an answer in the bible if you know where to find it. Jesus Studied it intensely as a child and as a young man. So He had an answer for every temptation. He could not be deceived by Satan.
In Chapter 8:11-15, Moses warns them: "Take heed, and beware lest at any time thou forget the Lord thy God, and neglect his commandments and judgments and ceremonies, which I command thee this day: Lest after thou hast eaten and art filled, hast built goodly houses, and dwelt in them, And shalt have herds of oxen and flocks of sheep, and plenty of gold and of silver, and of all things, Thy heart be lifted up, and thou remember not the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage: And was thy leader in the great and terrible wilderness, wherein there was the serpent burning with his breath, and the scorpion and the dipsas, and no waters at all..."
It is easier to think of God when we are in the wilderness or when we are struggling to obey God than when we are blessed and have become rich.
In the days when Noah was building the ark, he was so busy that he had no time to get drunk. but as soon as he came out triumphantly from the ark as the head of the only family on earth to survive the flood, he got drunk.
When David was running from cave to cave escaping from Saul, he wrote amazing psalms and was very close to God. But when he had plenty of ease and money and didn't have to go to battle himself, but could send others to do the fighting for him, and he himself relax in the palace, that was when he sinned with Bathsheba. (2 Samuel 11:1)
Solomon sinned because he had plenty of ease, comfort and wealth.
When did Israel start worshiping idols? they never worshiped idols during the 40 years in hte wilderness, after that one incident with the golden calf. But as soon as they landed in Canaan, they started worshiping idols very quickly.
When we have plenty, we are in danger. If you are struggling financially, thank God. that will help you live close to God.
But that doesn't mean that we have to forget God when we have plenty. No. I am only saying that it is more difficult. Jesus said it was difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. He didn't say it was impossible. So don't envy the brother who has plenty. It is more difficult for him to be close to God. Be thankful if you have less then him. That can be your salvation. If you don't have as many changes of clothes as others, don't envy them. Actually, you are better off, if you could only see it. Don't envy the person who has a bigger house or who has more money than you. Such people are in far greater danger.
Leave it to God to decide what He should give you. Be content with even a little.
In Chapter 9-11 Moses gives the new generation of Israelites some warning from the history of their fathers who disobeyed God and died. He warns them again that God is a consuming fire. (9:3)
In Chapter 11:21, Moses told them that God's longing for them was, "That thy days may be multiplied, and the days of thy children in the land which the Lord swore to thy fathers, that he would give them as the days of heaven upon the earth."
This is God's will for all of us-that our days on earth may be like the days of heaven. god wants us even now to have a foretaste of the joy, peace, love, purity and goodness of heaven in our homes and in our churches.
The life that God has given you should not be a heavy burden for you. It should be joyful, and every day exciting, because you have learned to love by the principles of heaven, and not of earth.
It's easy for you to do this when you start your christian life. But I hope that 40 years from now, you will still determine to live by heaven's principles and not earth's.
Fix your eyes on Jesus Who endured until the end-so that your days can be like days of heaven on earth. that is God's will for us.
Chapter 11:24 says, "Every place, that your foot shall tread upon, shall be yours." God's will is that we fulfill all of His will in every place, and that we overcome every weakness. In every area of our loves we must put our foot down and put the devil under our feet and over come him.
In Chapter 12-26, various laws are either repeated or freshly given.