March 6

The place from which we forsake God.

There is a common misbelief that most people turn away from God due to difficulty and pain. The argument goes that we realize that God cannot be good, loving and powerful if there is pain, so He must not be those things. While some walk away for this reason, for many others these times of weakness become conduits of God’s goodness and love not deserts deprived of it.

No, for most of us, times of blessing, ease, comfort and lack of want are the place from which we forsake God.

Throughout today’s reading you will find several times that God states clearly what will happen WHEN His people enter into the Promised Land and forsake Him for foreign gods, not IF they forsake Him for foreign gods.

Deuteronomy 31:20  20 “For when I bring them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and are satisfied and become prosperous, then they will turn to other gods and serve them, and spurn Me and break My covenant.

When we want only for want, we have much to convince ourselves that we could find more satisfaction in than God. The stronger and more satisfied we feel, the less we feel pulled toward God. This is why God’s response is to bring a curse upon His people – not merely out of wrath, but love, so that…

when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God has driven you, 2 and return to the LORD your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you. 4 If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. 5 And the LORD your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. (Deut. 30:1-6)