Saturday, November 10, 2007
The Blessings of God
Deuteronomy 28:2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God. When was the last time you found yourself so overwhelmed with blessings that you couldn't handle them all? When did you last have money coming in so fast you couldn't spend it in time? When were you last so overwhelmed with good health that sickness and disease couldn't touch you? When were you last so filled with wisdom and knowledge that no problem could perplex you? When last were you so popular that you had to turn people away from all sides because you couldn't cope with all the attention? Well the chances are that this might have happened once or twice in your dreams, but that is about as far as it goes. Most of us are continually clamouring after blessing and pursuing it like we had to catch up with it. And it seems the harder we pursue it, the faster it escapes us. But here is a promise which speaks about the very opposite. God said that the blessings would come to you - you wouldn't have to go looking for them. And what is more, you would not have to chase after them. Instead they would be chasing you. Well, I think I could handle that don't you? Could you handle more blessing than you can cope with? But how can I arrive at this place? Is there something I can do to make sure that this will be my experience? The passage we are looking at was given to the Israelites after God had delivered them from slavery in Egypt. God had given them some principles to live by and entered into a covenant with them. This covenant was designed to bring them blessing. It taught them to live the way God had created man to live. But they refused to obey it, and instead of walking in the blessing, they walked in a curse. Today God has placed His voice in our hearts through His Spirit that comes to live in us when we accept Jesus as our Savior. He has also given us His Word to teach us how we should live. To obey His voice, all we need to do is learn to obey the inner prompting of His Spirit, and fill ourselves with His Word. The Holy Spirit will lead you in the way you should go. He will lead you to where the blessings are pouring down. He will show you what to do and say, in order to get into the flow of blessing that God pours out. And before you know it, there will be blessing all around.