We are not to forget the Giver — as we enjoy His gifts!
(J.R. Miller, "Morning Thoughts" 1906)
"The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land He swore to give you. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build. The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land — be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt!" Deuteronomy 6:10-12
The people were going to a country which had long been possessed by a nation who had built cities, filled fine houses with good things, and planted vineyards. All these things, the Lord would give to them. They would not have to erect houses nor plant orchards of their own.
But the danger was, that when they had received all these things — they would forget that they were gifts from God — and would turn away into sin. We are not to forget the Giver — as we enjoy His gifts!
It is always a perilous thing to forget God. To forget any friend who has been good to us — is a base sin. But to forget God, to whom we owe every blessing — is heinous ingratitude!
"Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20