The Power of "If"
Scripture: Leviticus 25:24-26:46
When I read Leviticus 26:3-13 I wanted to shout, "Give me some of that! Sign me up for obedience." God committed to bless His people with the things that were most significant to them: abundant crops, peace in the land, fertility, and the pièce de résistance, His presence.
“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my command ...” (Leviticus 26:3a)
This marvelous list of bountiful blessings depended on one tiny, powerful word: if.
If: a small word with big authority to set conditions. The Israelites would receive their blessings upon the condition that they obeyed all God commanded of them.
God used if again with the Israelites. This time He was not talking about blessings. He laid out punishments for their disobedience. He promised to bring disease, failing crops, defeat, devastation among the land, and the worst of all punishments, He would turn against them.
“If you do not listen to me or obey all these commands …” (Leviticus 26:14)
God made it abundantly clear to His children that obedience comes with a cost and disobedience has consequences. It’s really no different for us today as New Testament believers. Obedience is the bridge to blessing and disobedience is the road of ruin. Blessing. Ruin. The fulcrum of both is the tiny, powerful word if.