No thanks to me

Written by Kurtis Parks | February 16, 2011 | Deuteronomy 9 - 12

Often times when I am given the opportunity to blog about Scripture, I’ll hunt and hunt within a passage until my eyes get crossed, for something that is so profound, that I’m positive whatever my spin on it is, will enlighten the way that humanity thinks about that certain passage, from the most sacred book of all time.
Not this time.
See, right from the beginning of this text, in Deut. 9, the very first 6 or 7 verses spoke to me and made it clear what I needed to write this morning about. Moses was telling the children of Israel “It’s not by YOUR righteousness” that God is giving this land to us. In no way, could the people think that because of their actions, and what THEY had done, was God giving the land of promise to them. However, it was because of the UN-righteousness of the people that were living in the land. That just sticks out to me, for some reason.
One of the coolest verses throughout the Bible, in my opinion, is Proverbs 13:22, which says “the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous.” There are many times where we look at what the ungodly in this world have, and it’s easy to think “Man, how are they so blessed?” That’s probably what the Israelites were thinking as they were looking upon the Canaanites and the sons of Anak. But righteousness will endure, and God has a bigger plan. There is nothing on this earth that He doesn’t possess. I’m reminded of the verse Psalm 24 “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”
He has the final say over who possesses what. I think it’s important for us to realize that even though it may sometimes appear that the unrighteous prosper, God will have the last word. As we live to honor the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, He will remain faithful to us, and will bless His people - NOT because of our righteousness, but because of His holiness.