Thursday, November 4, 2010

Blessings on Obedience

I "found" this while reading Deuteronomy the other morning. This is one of those passages that I have read many times and this time it JUMPED off the page, calling my name. The Lord spells it out so clearly, how can we not understand?

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

1. Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
2. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.
3. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4. Bless shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7. The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8. The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and he will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
9. The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
10. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
11. The Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
12. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
13. The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
14. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Wow! This is what I want for my life and my childrens lives. Verse 2 says all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, because you obey. Who wouldn't want these blessings to overtake them. The Lord can pour out so many blessings, above and beyond what we can even imagine. We just have to obey.

There is a flip side to all this goodness and its the Curses on Disobedience...they are verses 15-68. You can read them for yourselves.

I want the blessings. I want to obey the Lord and his commands. I am diligently praying that my children will also have this desire in their hearts.

2 comments:

  1. the truth is like a sword that pierces the heart, isn't it?

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