Faithful in keeping God’s covenant
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God...If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 9 We enter into a covenant relationship with God when we made the decision to have Him control over our lives. Our part in the covenant is to be in fellowship with Him. His part in the covenant is to bless us. He wants to bless us! Just as we enjoy surprising someone we love with unexpected gifts, God delights in giving us His gifts in times and ways that we might never expect. From the text, Moses reminded the Israelites the covenant they established with God. He told them that God required them to comply with His will for the blessings He wanted to bestow were dependent upon their obedience to His commands as revealed in His word. Disobedience to God will result in forfeiting the blessings. The blessings of God come in the midst of our everyday life and at times come not in spectacular ways. Often they come when God knew that we need an expression of His love and His presence. As in the covenant established with Israelites, those who are following God faithfully will find their security in Him. He will use their obedience as a testimony to the people around them as well as the next generation. We are given the opportunity to enjoy the blessings God wants to provide for His children. When we walk closely in fellowship with God, blessings will come whether we are seeking them or not. Just to know that God is our constant companion in life and that His presence is with us are already blessings by themselves that we need to reckon and be grateful for. It is up to us if we want to choose or reject God’s commands as part of the covenant. It would be for our benefit if we listen and obey for the “Lord will establish [us] as his holy people as he swore he would do” (Deuteronomy 28:9). Let us not miss on the joy of following His ways. “How joyful are those who fear the Lord—all who follow his ways!” (Psalm 128:1).
Noel De Guzman