I think we have all heard the expression “there are no atheists in foxholes.” Or how many people do you know (us included) who had not asked “Lord, I pray – help me get out of this situation …” People do not hesitate to call upon the Lord when they are threatened, frightened or desperate. (churches are always full after a 9-11 type event)
Deuteronomy 8: 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
In today’s reading I think Moses directs the Israelites to remember something that was and remains extremely important – do not forget the Lord when everything is going well! Or our pride may become a stumbling block in our relationship …