Through the Bible in One Year

Day 89

Deuteronomy 11:22-28

For if you are careful to keep all of this commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and cling to Him, then the LORD will dispossess all these nations from you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. Every place on which the sole of your foot steps shall be yours; your border will be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea. No one will be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will instill the dread of you and the fear of you in all the land on which you set foot, just as He has spoken to you.

“See, I am placing before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known. (NASB)

God here makes a promise to his people that if they will follow his commands that they will be unstoppable.  And that promise still holds true for those of us who are followers of God today.  But today’s passage ends with a warning and that warning is that if we should choose not to follow God’s commands then we will be subject to a curse rather than a blessing.  And that is what we will be spending the rest of time on today.

See, I am placing before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.—Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (NASB)

God set before his people the choice of receiving a blessing or a curse.  If they obeyed God’s Word and remained separated from the sin of the surrounding nations, then God’s blessing would come upon them wherever they were.  However, if they adopted the ways of the ungodly, God’s curse would come upon them and rob them of life and blessing.  Unfortunately, Israel did not take God’s warning seriously.  All too often they adopted the ways of the unbelievers and thus fell under God’s curse.

God places this same choice before us as followers of Christ today.  If we hate sin, follow Christ and seek to serve him continually, then his blessing and power will be ours.  But if we depart from God and his righteous ways, we will lose God’s presence, help and covenant protection.

Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:

Deuteronomy 13-15, Luke 8:40-9:6, Psalm 71:1-24 and Proverbs 12:5-7

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