Deuteronomy 6:10-12 says, “When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you – a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
The phrase “You did not” appears four times in this passage. As Moses delivers the “Shma” (lit. “hear”) in vv1-9 he tells the Israelites to worship God alone with all their hearts and to impress the truths of God upon their children. Here, in vv10-12 He reminds them that the land they are entering is from God.
They did not build the cities in it.
They did not plant the vineyards in it.
They did not fill the houses with good things.
He did. He provided.
A year and a half ago we moved. When our house sold in six days (what a blessing!), we were a bit panicky as we desired to find another house soon. Every house we found on the market was a dead end for one reason or another. We slowed down and prayed. And God led us to a perfect house in a perfect neighborhood with a perfect yard for our family. Then tons of people helped to get it painted and renovated. I’ll never forget the feeling when we moved there – the feeling that this house was filled with things I didn’t provide, but God did. The yard. The location. The price. The people to help with the practical work. We did not, but He did.
As we head into Thanksgiving – what are the “you did nots” in your life? What are the things you didn’t provide? Recount those in your mind today so you can give thanks and praise to the one who did.
Remember the “you did nots” so you can remember the “He dids.”