READ : Deuteronomy 28:1-14
The Lord will open for you his rich storehouse, the heavens . . . and . . . bless all your undertakings. (v. 12)
I was raised to fear God. Every missions conference ended the same way: Would I raise my hand, stand up, or come forward and publicly proclaim that I was willing to leave my good life behind and travel to the farthest, most forsaken place on the planet if that is what God wanted? And so my young mind began to associate serving God with suffering. The higher my misery index – the more uncomfortable my chosen calling and country – the more God would be pleased with me. Or so I thought.
How utterly different is God’s promise! Moses can hardly contain his excitement as he checks off the consequences of obeying the Lord and keeping the covenant. God will bless his children at home and abroad, in the city and in the field, with cattle and livestock, with basket and bowl, in the womb and in the ground.
God wants us to thrive in every aspect of our lives. His covenant contains the recipe for our success: obey his word and we will prosper in every possible way. God is on your side. He wants you to flourish, not falter.
Father, if you are with me, who can stand against me?