S (Scripture): Deuteronomy 9:6 Understand, therefore, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is about to give you this good land as a possession, for you are a stubborn people!
O (Observation): God is preparing the people for entrance into the promised land. The text today gives us some theological background for Israel inheriting the Promised Land…and it has nothing to do with them. God goes on to describe the wickedness of the people currently inhabiting the Promised Land. But God reminds Israel, lest they get too arrogant, that this conquest is not due to Israel’s uprightness…but is something God is doing for God’s people.
A (Application): We don’t give in order to get. When we mess this up, we mess up our attitude. God reminded Israel that their faithfulness did not result in them getting the Promised Land; that was all God’s doing. The same principle applies to us. What blessings we receive, we receive from God, even in spite of our messed up attitudes.
This boils down to correlation, not causation. God’s people receive blessing because God is good…not because we deserve it.
We don’t deserve the forgiveness and salvation we receive. The moment we think we OUGHT to be forgiven and saved, we’ve missed the point. The moment we think we can achieve salvation, we’ve missed the point.
Instead, let us live lives of gratitude: for creation, for salvation, for forgiveness and reconciliation. Let us rejoice in God our Savior.
P (Prayer): Lord, bless us now and forever. Amen.