“Beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage,”–Deuteronomy 6:12, NKJV
Moses looked over a crowd of people who had grown up as wanderers in the wilderness. They were about to enter the Promised Land, where God would give them houses and cities they had not built and crops they had not planted. It would take hard work to occupy the land, but Moses foresaw trouble resulting from the prosperity that would follow.
Hard times can make or break our faith. People will either cling to God through a crisis or turn away from “religion” entirely. In times of prosperity, people are tempted to become complacent, then to become persuaded somehow that they deserve the prosperity, and then to become ungrateful when they feel they don’t prosper enough.
Right now, the American economy has hit a rough patch, but even those among us who are struggling the hardest have it better than most of the rest of the world. Let us all beware, lest we forget God, lest we fall into ingratitude by valuing the blessings we don’t possess more than those we do.