In the waning days of their desert experience, the Israelites were anticipating how things would be different once they were settled in Canaan. Once they had taken the land, and moved into houses they had not built, and harvested gardens they had not planted, they were to bring the first fruits of the harvest to the priest as a tithe belonging to God. They were to speak these words: My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer . . . So the Lord brought us out of Egypt (Deuteronomy 26:5-8).
They were being reminded that while enjoying the blessings of God they should never forget their humble beginnings and how far God had brought them.
My grandfather was a poor man working oil leases, coal mines and railroads (whatever work he could find) in Western Pennsylvania. My father, brought up during the Great Depression, dropped out of high school so he could go to work and help support the family. I thank the Lord my kids are looking ahead to college degrees and anticipating all that life has waiting for them.
May we never forget our roots and with God’s help, how far we’ve come.
TODAY’S MEDITATIONWhere are your roots? How far has God brought you? Reflect on your heritage and thank him for it. And for how far he’s brought you.