Oh my goodness! Have you read Deuteronomy 28 lately? I read it this morning. Here are just a few snippets:
Now if you really obey the LORD your God’s voice, by carefully keeping all his commandments that I am giving you right now, then the LORD your God will set you high above all nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and find you if you obey the LORD your God’s voice: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. The LORD will establish you as his own, a holy nation, just as he swore to you, if you keep the LORD your God’s commandments and walk in his ways. All the earth’s peoples will see that you are called by the LORD’s name, and they will be in awe of you. The LORD will open up for you his own well-stocked storehouse, the heavens, providing your land with rain at just the right time and blessing all your work. You will lend to many nations, but you won’t have any need to borrow. The LORD will make you the head of things, not the tail; you will be at the top of things, not the bottom, as long as you obey the LORD your God’s commandments that I’m commanding you right now, by carefully doing them. But if you don’t obey the LORD your God’s voice by carefully doing all his commandments and his regulations that I am commanding you right now, all these curses will come upon you and find you. You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the field. The LORD will make you go crazy, make you blind, make your mind confused. You will fumble around at high noon as blind people fumble around in darkness. Your plans won’t prosper. Instead, you will be constantly oppressed and taken advantage of without any savior. They will lend to you, but you will have nothing to lend to them. They will be the head of things; you will be the tail. That’s how all these curses will come over you, pursuing you, reaching you until you are completely wiped out, because you didn’t obey the LORD your God’s voice by keeping his commandments and his regulations that he gave you. Because you didn’t serve the LORD your God joyfully and gladly above all else, you will serve your enemies—the ones the LORD will send against you—during famine, drought, nakedness, and total depravation. God will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has wiped you out. Among those nations you will have no rest and no place to call your own. There the LORD will give you an agitated mind, failing eyes, and a depressed spirit. (Deuteronomy 28:1-3, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 28, 29, 44, 45, 47, 48, 65 CEB)
You know what this makes me wonder? It makes me wonder why we, as a nation:
- Would take pride in our “separation of church and state”,
- Would allow atheistic organizations to remove all references of God from our educational, judicial, governmental, and financial entities,
- Would pride ourselves in our tolerance of immorality
- Would put up with lewd entertainment in the name of “free speech”,
- Don’t see what is happening in our country, what we are setting up for future generations, and repent!
Are we really that blind? I know in the passage quoted above Moses was speaking to a specific group of people. But I also know we’ve seen and experienced God’s blessings on our nation long enough to have learned that following God’s ways has, in fact, lead to those blessings. So it stands to reason we can expect the curses when we reject God. (When you read Deuteronomy 28, you will see the description of the curses get very graphic and horrible…definitely something to avoid).
I think our rejection of God has largely been gradual and unintentional. We are too busy to read our Bibles regularly, too tired to get really involved in church, too focused on teaching our kids important things (like sports, scouts, and homework–definitely all good things) to spend much time teaching them God’s Word (besides we don’t really know and understand it too well ourselves). Before we know it, we are more familiar with what is going on in the daily life of a friend we haven’t seen since high school (thank you, Facebook), than what the Bible actually says.
I’m not pointing fingers at others without seeing the three pointing back at me in this. I was convicted by what I read in Scripture this morning, and challenged to get my priorities straight.
T.G.I.F: Today God is First.
What about you? Have you heard from God today? Have you read and applied His Word?