And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. –Deuteronomy 6:10-12
As sons and daughters of God, we are called to a life of freedom, fullness, and glory in Him. When our experience falls short of anything less than fullness of joy in the goodness of His love, we can become disheartened. It can become easy to focus on the trials and circumstances in the testing of our faith. The good news is that you have a hope in God that cannot fail, a hope that is built on the truth and living word of God.
In this passage, Moses tells the Israelites to remember the Lord their God when they enter into the promise land – a land flowing with milk and honey. He reminds the Israelites to remember the Lord who brought them out of the land of slavery, and who led them through the wilderness with cloud by day and fire by night. Likewise we are called to possess our inheritance, the promises of God through faith in response to His love. We receive our promise and possess our inheritance through a daily choice to not only remember and believe in His goodness, a steadfast love that is ever unfailing and true, but to move forward in them.
My favorite time of year falls between the months of October and December, a season that is marked with much hope and joy, a season that is full of intentional thanksgiving. Today, be encouraged to switch your narrative to one that is filled with thanksgiving and gratitude. See and rejoice in the blessings and goodness of God in your life, and give Him praise. See what you have been given, instead of the circumstances of lack, and rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s promises in your life. Possess your inheritance through active faith, and know that if you place your hope in the Lord, you will not be put to shame.