March 4 – Sometimes the Blessings Follow an “If”

Moses told the Israelites that holiness has its privileges.  And we will see how the little two-letter word “if” can have big implications.  “If you listen to and are careful to keep these ordinances… He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will bless your descendants, and the produce of your land—your grain, new wine, and oil—the young of your herds, and the newborn of your flocks, in the land He swore to your fathers that He would give you. You will be blessed above all peoples.” 

All of these blessings (and there are a lot of them!) depend on the condition of carefully following the good laws that God has established for His people.  God does bless, and the blessings are huge, but at times these blessings hinge upon the obedience of His people.  Have we grown accustomed to the blessings but have we forgotten the obedience part?  I remind myself: “You better check yourself before you wreck yourself!”

Deuteronomy 7:12-14a HCSB