and then we are blessed.
God’s blessings come as a result of obedience.
It would be easier if it was the other way around, wouldn’t it? “God, if you do this thing I want, then I will do what you want.”
We pray to God asking for his blessings on our life and on the lives of others.
But – are we obeying?
That’s the first step. Then the blessings follow.
Moses told the Israelites to love the Lord with all of their heart and soul and strength. If they did this, THEN God would send the rain for their crops and their cattle.
Moses warns them against being enticed by other gods and disobeying. In their time, these gods were wooden and metal statues. In our time, it’s often money and possessions. The god of More can often get more of our attention that the Master of Universe.
Moses told the Israelites that, if they worship other gods, the One True God would shut the heavens and they wouldn’t get rain. They wouldn’t be blessed.
This leads to some very important self-evaluation for us today –
Are we experiencing the abundant raining down of God’s blessings as a result of our consistent obedience?
Or has God shut down the flow of blessings as a result of our disobedience?
Abba Father, please open our eyes to your truth.