Summary: Remembering the goodness of God. Not becoming complacent in your worship to God. Don't take credit for what God has done for you.
Is He Still Good To You?
Deuteronomy 8:10-11 (NASB) "When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;”
Prayer and Thanks
Deuteronomy 8:10-11(Good News Translation) “You will have all you want to eat, and you will give thanks to the Lord your God for the fertile land that he has given you. Make certain that you do not forget the Lord your God; do not fail to obey any of his laws that I am giving you today.”
Thought: Is He Still Good To You?
In 1978, a husband & wife recording duo by the names of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; better known as Ashford & Simpson recorded a #1 hit called “Is It Still Good To You?”. If a person could get past the music and the smooth voices of the vocalist, to analyze the situation of which the duo was singing about; you’ll find that they called to the forefront an issue that is as common today as it was nearly thirty-nine years ago, when the song topped the R&B Chart. You will find that the couple is calling a time-out due to complacency. The song speaks of this once loving couple, that somewhere along the way lost that fire of their relationship that in earlier years ignited their courtship into marriage; somehow during the course of living; that dreamy eyed look they once had for one another was not longer there. There once was a time that an infectious smile would suddenly appeared on his or her face when someone just mentioned the other person’s name. Somewhere along the way, that radiant passion that once sparked into flames is only smoldering smoke, all but extinguished. Now they find themselves asking one other, “Is It Still Good To You?”
As we study the Book of Deuteronomy, we find Moses calling a time-out. This time-out is called with Canaan (The Promised Land) in viewing distance. Moses calls a time-out near the end of the 39th year of their forty-year wilderness journey. Moses’ intent is to challenge the Israelites to not become complacent in their worship to God.
Again, looking at our text, it reads: "When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today.”
This question posed to you on this Sunday morning “Is He Still Good To You” is in no way a question doubting the goodness of our God. For we know that God is the very essence of goodness.
• Mark 10:18 - Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
• James 1:17 (ASV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.
• Romans 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.