Humble Living in the Western World

Moses was a humble man and gave some great advice to the Israelites before they entered into the promised land. The Israelites had just spent 40 years wandering in the desert because of their rebellion against God, and they were just about to cross over into the promised land. Moses knew that their new found success may go to their heads and warned them of the dangers of living in plenty. His advice is just as applicable to the Western world today.
Beware lest you say in your heart, 'My power and might of my hand have gotten me this wealth' (Deut 8:17)
When you are successful at anything you starting that you must be really smart or work harder than everybody else, but in reality it has all been given to you. "What do you have that you did not receive?" If you are smart it is most likely because your parents are smart and you were given a good education. Just think about all the difficulties that you could of had, such as, autism or down syndrome, and you should realize that everything is a gift. It was God that gave the Israelites power and wealth, and it is the same way today.

Perhaps you are grateful for what you have, but think you are successful because you are a good person. When the Israelites started to drive the foreign nations out of their promised land they may have thought that it was because they were good people that God was giving them success.
It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to possess this land (Deut 9:4).
Moses warns them against thinking this way reminding them that it was not because of their righteousness, but because of the wickedness of the people living there.

Christians in the Western world should be humble, but it is very easy to think that you are something special because of your own wealth and righteousness. Moses was the most humble person in the whole during his time and we would be wise to heed his advice.
Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth (Num. 12:3).


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