“Understand that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.”
Deuteronomy 9:6 HCSB
The land of Canaan was flowing with water, milk, and honey. Food was in abundance, and there were precious metals and minerals to mine, too. It was filled with everything good that the wilderness was not. God did not give this to this Israelites because they earned it through obedience and righteousness. God gave it to them not because of who they were but because of who He is—faithful to keep His promises, even promises made long, long ago.
You and I ought never become arrogant, thinking we have somehow earned all the blessings we have in this life. And when we wander down the path of self-pity, thinking we deserve more or better than a road of suffering and struggle, we need to stop in our ungrateful tracks and remember our sin earned for us eternal damnation in separation from God, but grace and mercy rescued us and planted us in abundant, never-ending relationship with Him.🚦
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