Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (KJV) “And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
Many of us have been blessed with a “good” life. This is not to say that we have not experienced “bad” things. It also does not mean that we were never once in a “not so good” place in life. Does it mean we never received blessings beyond anything we could have ever imagined? However, it is easy to become so enthralled by the glamor of our current state to the point that we arrive at a simple, yet erroneous, conclusion:
“Is not this…that I have built…by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?” (Dan. 4:30).
The Simple Truth
The simple truth of the matter is this:
“…thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that gives thee the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant…” (v. 18).
There is no “good” thing that we possess within our lives which did not come from God’s hand (Jam. 1:17; 1 Pet. 1:3). We do not possess the capacity to cause ourselves to rise up from obscurity and darkness into this life of wonderful and marvelous blessings. Contrary to a popular belief, we know that the source of these things lies somewhere outside of ourselves. We cannot make any of these things happen ourselves.
As a result, we cannot forget to remember that it is God Who has done this great and marvelous thing within us. We should not attempt to take His glory for He is truly deserving of it all!