“All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Be it a dedication ceremony or a marriage function, the servants of God will bless the people reading out the first fourteen verses in the 28th chapter of the book of Deuteronomy. All of them are powerful verses of promise and they are liable to bring numerous blessings. Whom do these blessings reach really? To those who diligently obey the voice of God.
When children heed to their parents and when believers listen to the evangelists, blessings are showered upon them. If servants heed to the master’s commands and execute the job meticulously, they are blessed. But above all these things, everyone should diligently obey God.
Pharaoh said with pride and disdain “Who is the Lord that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go” (Exodus 5:2). God had to push and immerse Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea as he did not obey God.
In the same way, many people do not like to listen to God’s words and live according to their whims and fancies. They are caught between sins of iniquities, get drunk and get involved in adultery and revelry and get their bodies pierced through several such sufferings. Finally, they reach the hade and torment in the sea of eternal fire. No one should experience such situations.
Your conscience is the voice of God. The violation of conscience is a sin. Blocking the mind and ears to the Scripture is a sin. In the end, they will eternally feel sad and realise that they failed to obey the teachers and failed to turn their ears to the instructors” (Proverbs 5:13).
God says “Therefore hear me now, my children and do not depart from the words of my mouth” (Proverbs 5:7, 7:24). Though God chose the children of Israel as His own people, they did not pay heed to the words of God. The heart of God was broken. He lamented, “Oh that my people would listen to me that Israel would walk in my ways!” (Psalm 81:13). Further, He lamented “But my people would not heed my voice and Israel would have none of me” (Psalm 81:11).
Dear children of God, will you say like the junior Samuel “tell me God, I will obey you” and obey the words of God? You will be made the head and not the tail. You will always be at the top and never at the bottom” (Deuteronomy 28:14).
To meditate: “So you shall serve the Lord your God and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you” (Exodus 23:25).