Verse of the Day


"7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. "

~Deuteronomy 8: 7-18


Today's Devotional Thought

November 24, 2009 by Rachel Piferi



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Thankful for Accomplishments

At a certain point in our lives, it is common to start reflecting on our lives and our accomplishments. We may feel good about the education we have completed, how we have succeeded at our jobs, what we have done in our community or church, or the family that we have built. And, for many, we may feel like we have worked very hard in these areas to get to the point that we feel good about what we have accomplished. And, we feel good about ourselves because we have worked so hard and succeeded in those areas.

Yesterday, we talked about being thankful for the people in our lives. As you look at your life today and as you reflect on what you are thankful for, are you thankful for your accomplishments? And, who do you credit for those accomplishments?

In Deuteronomy 8, we see clear warning to not be prideful when it comes to our accomplishments. As it says in verse 14, “then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” We all have a tendency to forget the Lord when things are going well. And, we may begin to think that our own hard work and our own talents and skills are responsible for our successes. But, as it says in verse 18, “remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

As you reflect on the life that you have built, be careful to not let your heart get proud when you look at what you have accomplished or what you own in this life. Remember that the Lord has brought you these things and has given you the talents to be able to produce the wealth that you may have. I pray that you do not forget the Lord your God when you look at what you have accomplished in your life.

As you reflect this week on things you are thankful for, please remember to thank God for your talents, your accomplishments, and your wealth. Thank Him today for how He has used these talents and for the successes and wealth that you may have received in your life due to these talents. And pray that He continues to use you to make an impact on others throughout your life.


Memorize this verse today:

"7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. "
~Deuteronomy 8: 7-18



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