Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 28
Today’s Reflection: Deuteronomy 28:1-2
1) “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, 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, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.
Today’s focus text highlights a simple yet profound principle of Kingdom Living: the blessings of God follow obedience to God.
This is not a prosperity gospel teaching, that obedience obliges God to give you wealth or material riches. Nor is it some sort of incantation that causes performing certain actions to ‘make’ God do things for you. Nor does it mean that obeying God will cause you to receive the blessings you want (or think you want). It is a relational principle. When you obey God and demonstrate your faith in Him in thought, word and deed, it gives Him permission to operate in your life (just as disobedience closes the doors of blessings and prevents God from working in your life). When you obey God, He will enact His plan for your life and He will grant you the blessings that go along with that plan. What God will give you is what you need to become what He intended for you to be. And God’s blessings are not subtle. As the text says, they will come upon you and overtake you.
Be aware that God’s blessings always come with responsibilities to fulfill (like maintaining the relationships of marriage and parenthood, and stewardship of wealth) or challenges to overcome (like Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land). Think of God’s blessings less as gifts and more as opportunities. Through a divine combination of your effort and your faithful obedience to God, the doors of blessings He opens will lead you to your God-given destiny—the only place where you will find true fulfillment, joy and peace.