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Thou Shalt Bless the Lord thy God

Clark's Ranch, Geneva Academy Gala & Auction, April 2021

Thou shalt bless the Lord thy God (from Deuteronomy 8:10)

We are giving thanks this week for the wonderful provision of God at our Annual Auction.  Facilitated by many volunteer hands, who worked sometimes into early mornings and through weekends, the school met its lofty fundraising goals.  Other communications are going out to donors and families about that, so I needn’t go into more detail on that here.  But what a joy!

What I’d like to remember here is the admonition in Deuteronomy 8 to look to God as much after His blessings as before.  God told his people, “When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.”   (A thought arises: I often give thanks before a meal, but have I ever given thanks after?)  Of course, God is not talking about a single meal here, but about a wide provision... not just about one prayer, but about an attitude, a posture.

God did not want His people, after they had built houses and lived in them, after their herds and wealth increased, to forget Him.  Verse 13 continues, “And when... all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”

God did not want His people to do this: “And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.  But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers.”

We should celebrate!  And we should be humble.  We should rejoice!  And we should repent.  God is infinitely holy, and we need to continually look to Him.  

We are at the wonderfully busy season of the year where students are completing final units and book reports.  They are going on their fair weather field trips and readying for final tests.  A Capstone defense is coming up.  End-of-Year Soirees are being planned.  Let us, as a Geneva family, thank God for His grace this year and for His provision at our Auction.  Then let us humbly remember His Kingship and ask for His further mercy to finish our year well, and with joy and holiness.

Brian Turner