Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law–the blessings and the curses–just as it is written in the Book of the Law. Joshua 8:34
Most everything comes with a set of instructions in how to use the product correctly. Some of these sets of instructions are very detailed, long and boring to read and understand.
The majority of people ignore reading all the instructions, thinking they know what to do. They just pick and choose which parts they will read and ignore the rest. In doing so, sometimes important information is missed, and problems occur.
After winning a battle, Joshua read the book of the law of Moses to everyone in the assembly of Israel, to include women, children and foreigners.
Very few people actually read the Bible on a regular basis. Fewer people yet will read the whole Bible. Most people will pick and choose what verses or portions of the Bible that they will read, ignoring the rest.
Focus is often on reading about the blessings God will give the believer. No one likes to read or hear about the curses God has for people who choose to refuse to obey His commands.
In the process of ignoring parts of God’s word, people will allow sin to creep into their lives and think of it as acceptable. They hold onto and claim God’s love and grace, but ignore His judgement against sin.
Knowing and understanding all of the blessings and curses of God will guide the believer in the correct way to live for God. By His Holy Spirit, God can bring to memory the verses, that had been read, needed to help the believer overcome the temptation to sin against Him and to live the holy life as Jesus lived.
Unless you have the entire Bible memorized, you need to read the entire Bible. From the beginning to the end God’s word gives directions on how to live for God and what will occur if you choose not to obey and live for God.
Take time every day to read the Bible. Read all of the Bible, not skipping anything. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in understanding all of the curses and blessings of disobeying and obeying God.
Then share what you learn from God’s word with others around you. Everyone needs to hear all of God’s word, both the blessings and the curses.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will read God’s word daily; that you will know and understand all of the blessings and curses God has given; and that you will obey all of God’s word.