“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” – Deuteronomy 8:17-18 NIV
When times are tough, we do not have to be reminded to remember the Lord our God; our need forces it. When we are wandering in the wilderness, our dependence upon Him is undeniable reality. But when He leads us out of the wilderness, it becomes our own responsibility to remind ourselves that we still need Him.
We all have a Promised Land. It is the place you begin to flourish as a person. It is the place you no longer need to survive, but begin to thrive. It is the place you begin to trust your own abilities. It is the place you begin to flourish as a person. The Promised Land is the place in which God blesses you so greatly that you tend to forget it all came from Him.
This is why Moses reminds us that all we are is from God. Everything we have comes from our abilities, our strengths, our passions, our drive. Where did those come from? God. He gave them to us. Therefore, if all that you are is because of God, then all that you have comes from God.
It only follows, then, if everything we have comes from God, then God has every right to tell us what to do with all we have. We are never owners; we’re only stewards. Let us then use what we have in obedience and cooperation with what God is already doing.