“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.” Leviticus 26:3-4
After giving many different rules and regulations about what to do or not to do, and how to do various sacrifices and festivals, God encourages the people to follow the rules. If they follow all of His commands, He will send rain on the land and the crops and trees will produce much food.
During the time of the Old Testament, the amount of rain that the land received could make or break a person. Their livelihood was dependent upon the land. It provided food to eat and also food to sell to make the needed money for other things. If there was not enough rain, they would not have enough food to eat. It there was too much rain, it would destroy the crops and still not have enough food to eat.
God was willing to reward the people according to how they served Him. If they kept all His commands, the reward would be great.
Even today God will reward those who keep His commands. The punishment of not following God’s commands today is not immediate death as it was in the Old Testament, but the rewards are still there. God will give grace and favor when you are striving to follow Him.
Since Jesus has come as the perfect sacrifice, the sacrificial system has changed. You no longer have to offer sacrifices for sin daily. However, you do have to go to Jesus on a daily basis to be cleansed of any sin. He is the new sacrifice.
God’s rules today are not as complex as they were in the Old Testament. Today you have to love everyone, including your enemies, you are to be His witness, and you are to make disciples. As you follow these few simple rules, God will pour out His grace, mercy and favor on you. God will bring you through many difficult situations. You will win in the end with Him on your side.
Is God able to reward you today by how you are living your life?
I pray today that you will follow God with all your heart; that God will help you love everyone; that God will guide you to be His witness; and that you will make disciples of everyone.