… when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
A businessman was speaking at a lunch telling how at a low point in his life, before he became a Christian, he only had one dollar to his name. In desperation he cried out to God and gave his last dollar in the offering. After that his business turned around and now he was a wealthy man. He was challenging the men to trust God, to give all they had to God so He could bless them too. “All the blessings in my life, “he said, ” are because I gave my last dollar to God.” A cynic in the back of the crowd yelled, “I dare you to do it again.”
Could you give your last dollar to God? Probably. After all, one dollar isn’t going to make much difference. It won’t pay off the credit card debts. It won’t pay the mortgage. If it is all you had for food it wouldn’t even keep you alive much longer. While it sounds dramatic, in reality it doesn’t take much generosity or courage to give your last dollar away, especially when you are already at a point of desperation.
The Lord warns us here that when we are enjoying abundant blessings from Him, when we “eat and are satisfied”, it is easy to forget the source of our provisions – it is easy to “forget the Lord”. When you are “fat and happy” don’t forget to turn to Him just as you do when you are hurting.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—