Let us observe and take note of this Word from the LORD to the nation of Israel in Deuteronomy 8:10-14.
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
In many ways the most dangerous times, in our lives, are when everything is going swimmingly. In such times it is so easy to take our eyes off the LORD and trust in ourselves and our circumstances. The LORD knows this danger oh so well, and hence He warns the Israelites (and us through them ) about it. We, like the Israelites tend so easily to forget the LORD when all is going well.. We put Him on one side.
I am thinking of my own circumstances here and thinking of how after going through a time, when I seemed to be coping well and “on top” of things, the LORD suddenly brought me down. Life became “stodgy” again. I started to flounder amidst the demands of life. And in this, I feel the Lord saying: “you need to come back to Me and trust Me again”.
In Deut 8:14 the LORD speaks of the children of Israel being in danger of pride as they settle down with their fine houses and large herds. Self-sufficiency and self-satisfaction have grabbed their hearts as success, prosperity and ease have come into their lives. And they forget the LORD. That LORD who had done so much for them in saving them out of Egypt in the first place is forgotten.
Oh how dangerous this all is. So what is the means as by which we prevent ourselves falling in this way? We need to “praise the LORD” (v10). When all is well and fine we must forcibly return with our thanks to the LORD. We must also commit ourselves to pleasing the LORD through keeping His laws and commandments (see v11). These are the real preventives for ourselves spiritually slipping during times of ease.
Oh let us know ourselves so as to prevent ourselves slipping into spiritual complacency with all the dangers thereof.