"If you do not obey the Lord your God … [He] will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to." – Deuteronomy 28:15, 20 NIV
God promised enormous blessings for His people when they entered the Promised Land. He promised “prosperity” (v. 11) and financial abundance. He promised to bless “everything” they did (v. 8).
He would bless their crops, sending rain at the right time. As a result, they would experience an abundant harvest and “the storehouse of his bounty” (v. 12). Their livestock would be plentiful. And they would have victory over their adversaries.
But there were conditions. They had to pay attention to His Word, follow Him, and obey Him. And there were consequences if they ignored Him and went their own way. They might experience disaster or panic, feel unsettled, frustrated, confused, or uncertain. They wouldn’t have His peace. Through these responses, in fact, He might try to get their attention to correct them or remind them of His promises.
We, too, need to realize that God desires to bless us abundantly. But to receive these blessings, we must obey Him and keep His Word. If we don’t have peace in our hearts, it might be because we are out of His will. He may be trying to get our attention, correct us, remind us, or speak to us.
These are times to pray and seek Him. Quiet our hearts and listen. Examine our lives. Be sure we are obeying His Word. We need to be in harmony with His Spirit. Be sensitive to His leading.
PrayerFather, speak to me. I am ready to listen. Help me stay in tune with You. Give me Your peace. Thank You for your blessings. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingDeuteronomy 28