Last night I was reading Deuteronomy 8, Chapter 10 through 20. Powerful things that Moses had to say. This was his last writing. It made me realize that it wasn't I, myself who brought my life to this juncture, to whatever degree of professional success that I may believe that I've attained. It wasn't all the hard work and years of sacrifice that did it either. It was the Big Man Up Stairs who did it.
The fact is, it is God who provides the strength, stamina, desire, and intelligence that we need to attain all that we have. I recall an elderly German lady who I met during the course of my job who shared with me the story of her life. She lived through the 40s living in Germany. She told me that they had had a fairly good fortune, until the German economy faltered and their money was replaced. Suddenly all their wealth was gone. She said that everyone started out with the same amount. Because it was so long ago, I don't recall the U.S. equivalent.
Anyway, she said she had to work two jobs, did whatever she could to survive, for she had many children and her husband had either died or gone off to war and died. She said that in due time the family moved to the United States and they were able to do well. All the children were exceptionally bright, doctors primarily, and to this day they are very wealthy and prominent people within their own right.
Up front it appears that it took hard work and a lot of smarts for her and her children to survive what they went through. She said no, it was God. She told me that everyday she reminded her children that the intelligence they have is not their own, it came from God. Good fortune, of course, requires good work and a lot of effort, but without God, it isn't possible. In other words, the Good Lord is the source of all the goodness in our lives.
Well, reading Deuteronomy further opened my eyes to the truth of what this wonderful lady told me, as well as my parents and many others who influenced my life. It also showed me the outcome of current events here in the U.S., if we, the people, do not turn ourselves around and acknowledge where our good fortunes have come from. As a nation, we've turned our back on God, removed Him from our schools, we've forbidden our children the right to pray each morning in our classrooms, and removed our Creator from our public buildings and grounds. Read Deuteronomy and see why, as I believe, America is about to suffer a tremendous blow:
11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day.
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.
19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
20 As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.
No doubt, all that we have, all that we are, comes from God. God giveth and He can take it all away in an instant. The push of one button, the spewing of one volcano, the down pour of one night's rain, the constant beating of the sun for day on end, He can bring us to ruin and destruction in an instant.
As a nation, we have grown cold and undeserving of His love because we have forgotten where we come from, and where our wealth really comes from. God has surely blessed this nation, but we have forgotten Him, and now we are about to pay the price. His will, not ours though. We must all pray that, as a nation, we will wake up soon and turn our lives around. If we don't, I'm convinced that He will deliver us to our enemies.
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By Alicia Colombo