Read Deuteronomy 28 – Blessings and curses
Our chapter begins with blessings if the Israelites will obey the LORD. It’s beautiful and wonderful how the LORD promises to give, and give, and give.
Then the LORD announces the curses, if the people should reject his commandments.
It’s heavy. He leaves no stone unturned. I found a dreariness falling over my heart as I pressed on in the reading, and you, Beloved, may too. But keep reading. This is justice and the LORD is a Righteous Judge.
This may sound complicated for a person to live up to. I think verses :47-48 sum up the LORD’s desire for us quite simply, “serve the LORD with joyfulness and gladness of heart.” Isn’t that an expectation one could delight to fulfill?
And, as much as it’s important to know the truth about mercy and grace, we should also understand the real penalties at stake for our loved ones and those we meet who reject Christ.
As you read those blessings, ask yourself who might delight to rest in the LORD’S favor like this? Then as you read the curses, ask yourself who would you wish this upon? (the answer should be not a living soul! ) And what about YOU? May these words inspire you to take an honest look at yourself. Complacency is a dangerous enemy.