See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse–the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. Deuteronomy 11:26-28
Moses set before the Israelites many commands of God. With those commands came a variety of blessings and curses. If they loved and served God faithfully, they would enter the land, take possession of it, and God would pour out rain for their crops on it. If they chose not to obey God and worshipped other gods, He would strike them in anger.
Even to this day, God’s blessings and curses still work in a person’s life. If a person chooses to not follow God, He will set Himself against that person.
Following and obeying God will always bring about blessings. Many people, however, refuse to see all the blessings God is giving them. They see the struggles of life and feel that God is not blessing them at all.
As the Israelites went into Canaan, they had to work at taking over the land. They had to go into battle against the enemy to take possession. The blessings appeared in that God helped them win each battle, as long as they obeyed and followed Him.
You will have struggles in this life, Jesus promised them. Yet, through it all, there will be the blessing of peace and comfort in knowing that God will bring you through it all, if you are loving and obeying God.
Do not allow yourself to be turned away to the gods (things) of this world. Trust only in Jesus and love and obey Him. In doing this you will not have to receive God’s anger against you. You will receive the blessings and favor of God in your life, in spite of all the struggles of this life.
Who are you following and obeying today?
Or this world?
I pray today that you will love and obey God with all your heart; that you will trust God in every circumstance in your life; that you will see all the blessings of serving God; and that God will give you the strength to stay true and faithful to Him.