“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 nations of the earth.“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: Deuteronomy 28: 1,2 NKJV
In order to “fully” (NIV) understand how we are blessed by our obedience, we need to “fully” read God’s Word and obey it–completely. What appears to be a stumbling block for many people is their misunderstanding of God’s Word–thinking we are obligated to the letter of the Law instead of the “spirit” of the Law. The Pharisees knew The Law and all of its various postscripts (one has to know what was said in the first five books) and they couldn’t keep it or wouldn’t keep it.
To be honest, it was too much remember, but Jesus came and said two commandments I give you, “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself.” How easy is that too remember? Love God, Love others! Obedience brings into play blessings that will overtake us when we observe (do daily) what He says. Verses 3-14 in Deuteronomy list how we’ll be blessed and we need to go back and review the blessings when we think we are tiring of being obedient.
Blessed in the city and in the country–everywhere we go–we’ll be blessed.
Our children will be blessed and everything and everyone we influence will be blessed.
Whatever we produce with the work of our hands will be blessed.
When we come into places and leave them, we will be blessed.
We will be victorious over our enemies every time they attack.
We will be blessed in whatever place or condition we find ourselves.
We will be established–known to all–as God’s Holy people.
All the people in the earth will revere and respect us as God’s people when they see us.
We will be blessed with prosperity in all areas of our lives.
We will never know drought of any kind.
We will be the head and not the tail of every venture we attempt, always at the top and never at the bottom.
All these blessings will overtake us–if we completely and fully obey God--living to please Him only.
So, if we’re not experiencing being overtaken by His blessings, perhaps it is because we have not fully executed obedience–living to please Him, rather than others and loving others even when they are unlovable. Something to ponder and rethink what we do.
I don’t know about you, but I am waiting to be overtaken by all the blessings He has for me and if others don’t want their blessings–I’ll take them, too. Loving to love you all today!