Obedience and blessing
'You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord.' Deuteronomy 28:2 NLT
The Israelites were yet to reach the Promised Land, and were in need of God's guidance. In Deuteronomy 28:2, God shares how he wants to bless the Israelites, but he also states a condition. Through Moses he tells them: 'You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God'. This echoed what they were told in Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (CEV): 'The Lord your God commands you to love him and to serve him with all your heart and soul. If you obey him, he will send rain at the right seasons, so you will have more than enough food, wine and olive oil, and there will be plenty of grass for your cattle'.
Today, God still loves to bless us but we still have to be obedient. Psalm 37:4 (NIV) says: 'Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart'. God's blessings come when we're devoting ourselves to him, and trying to live life his way. It doesn't mean that if we obey his ways we'll get everything we want. God sees our heart and knows what we need - but he also knows what's best for us. Although we might think of something as a blessing, God might know it wouldn't be good for us.
And this obedience is an act of love; it means hearing the word of God, aligning ourselves with his will and then acting on it.
So what now? God's ways are full of goodness, and have the power to transform our lives. So obey him and be blessed!
Soulfood: Hosea 1-5, Luke 2:8-20, Ps 8, Pro 14:9-12