Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 28
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 28:2
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God…
In verse one, Moses makes it clear that he does not refer to the previous rules and regulations he has given, but only those of “today”. The repetition of the word “today” (chs. 26 & 27) indicates this was all one message. Israel brought both blessings and curses upon themselves. In Deut. 28, only the first 14 verses have to do with blessings, 54 are about curses. This emphasis tells us that obedience to God brings blessings; disobedience brings curses. The principle of “sowing and reaping.” The Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Every action has a consequence. Blessings “overtake” us, but so do curses. This is one of Moses’ final messages.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Overtake me, Lord God, with Your blessings. Please give me the grace of obedience to these final commands given by Moses. Help me to know the difference between right and wrong and to always do what is right. Lord Jesus, You gave a prayer which made a sinful man right in God’s sight. I pray that prayer now – “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I remember a husband and wife team who joined us in the early years of the daily 100 Huntley Street television ministry, Rev. Don and Edith Osborne. Edith set up the new generation of computers, about which I knew absolutely nothing. Don set up telephone counseling centers across Canada, which brought thousands of people to the knowledge of Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Retired now, they live on Vancouver Island. In chapel one morning, Don told us that he had dreamed of a highway with two cars traveling on it. The first car had written on its side the word “understanding.” The second car was marked “peace.” The “peace” car was seen to “overtake” and pass the first. Don realized that God was confirming to him that the peace that comes from God overtakes and surpasses our understanding (Phil. 4:6-7). God gave peace to Don in the midst of illness and proceeded to heal him shortly thereafter. I have been so very blessed by people God has sent to work with me. I have truly been overtaken by blessings.
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