Difficult times give rise to a healthy consideration of how we’ve been living our lives. We can’t help but consider how we have wound up in the dark corners of life. But we also ought to consider these same things in the good times.
The good times can be dangerous for our walk with God. The very blessings of God – in a material sense – can be a problem for us. “For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to give to their fathers, and they have eaten are full and grown fat, they will turn …”
The material blessings of God would have little power to help his beloved “Jeshurun” – which means “upright” or “straight” – from straying from the pure worship of God.
I suppose it is no wonder, then, that God allows our lives to become difficult sometimes. He knows a life of ease can be a danger to our faith in Him. We can grow lazy and over-confident. The apostle Paul warned, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).
But we do sometimes enter into seasons of material blessings. In those seasons, we must remember the “song.” Moses gave the people of Israel the song to keep them tethered to God. The song was to be a witness to God’s faithfulness to his people – and their own inclination to stray.
Is there a song in your mouth today?