Weston Wax is a recent graduate of Union University and the youngest brother of Trevin Wax. He attends Northside Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. He works at the family business, Wax Family Printing, as the CSR and Project Manager. He loves soccer, hiking, kayaking, camping, wrestling, reading, and poetry. He is engaged to Mary Harrison, also a recent graduate of Union’s Nursing Program.
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would give you—a land with large and beautiful cities that you did not build, houses full of every good thing that you did not fill them with, wells dug that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and when you eat and are satisfied, be careful not to forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Fear Yahweh your God, worship Him, and take your oaths in His name” (Deut. 6:10-13).
What a wonderful promise that God has laid out here! All of these blessings will be poured out onto Israel. They will receive fruit from labor they didn’t do and from gardens they didn’t tend or plant.
With this blessing comes a warning: Take heed lest you forget!
It seems that we often handle adversity better than prosperity. Adversity typically drives us toward a constant remembrance of our need of God and His provision and grace. But prosperity clouds that in our minds. We so quickly forget our complete dependence on the Lord. We grow comfortable and content. Moses warns against this potential danger, and we too would be wise to hear this warning.
Whenever the Hebrews would walk out to a well and draw water, or whenever they would eat some olives at their dinner, they should have been looking up to the Lord in gratitude. They did nothing to earn these gifts or deserve them. God constantly reminds them, This had nothing to do with you. This is all because I AM faithful to My promises to My children. And I promised your fathers that I would give you this land.
God is faithful when we are not.
We should always be looking at the story of Israel as our own story. Their history is the story of our own hearts acted out over hundreds of years. We are constantly forgetting and remembering God’s grace and provision. Constantly setting up idols in our heart, and constantly requiring God’s grace to tear them down and bring us closer to Him. Always dependent on our God to deliver us.
So here, in this story of Israel inheriting all this land that they did nothing to deserve, we see a beautiful picture of grace as it is applied to us. We have done nothing to merit the great riches that God has promised to lavish on us as His children.
But Jesus has done all the groundwork. He has gone ahead of us. He has planted the fields and dug the wells. He has prepared a way for us and endured the pain and suffering it required.
This is grace: Jesus’s merit. Applied to us.
His work. Accredited to us.
His obedience, counted as our own.
We only boast in Christ, who has gone before us. But surely we must do something! Yes, believe! Trust in Jesus’ work. Do not trust in your own work.
Throughout the Word of God, you will not find passages that go something like this: We are saved by grace, but… Or You must only call on the name of the Lord, but…
No, the buts in Scripture are always in a different context. Something more like this: You were dead in your trespasses, but God… Or you had no hope in this world, but now in Christ… Or you were enemies of God, but it was then that God loved us.
God’s grace is wild and untamed and dependent solely on God, who loves and is merciful. These beautiful passages informing us of the wonders that God has done for us are not followed with buts. They are followed with therefores. God has done this, therefore…Walk in truth. Walk in love.
Christ has prepared a way ahead of you. And when we follow Him, we reap the harvest He has sown. Therefore, love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And do not forget the work of Christ on your behalf.