March 16 – The Blessing of Food, Rain, and Children

Moses may not have used alliteration as he spoke, but I can imagine somewhere along the line a preacher saying, “Now if blessed cities, blessed countryside, blessed citizens, blessed cash crops and blessed cows are not enough to get a nation’s attention, God continued speaking through Moses to tell of the additional blessings that await the Israelites.”  Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.”

God’s plans also involved safety from their enemies. To a people in need of physical protection, this was a very big concern and God was offering to again defend and provide for His people. “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.” Moses then recaps the message; “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops.  The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do.”

It is as if God Almighty wrote His people a blank blessing check.  And for them to cash it, all they needed to do was remain faithful to the God who cares for them and who has time and time again shown His covenant love.  Will they love Him in return?  Do we?

Deuteronomy 28:5-6; 8, 11-12a NLT