God made some big promises to the Children of Israel. As His chosen people, if they committed to obeying God’s commandments, then He would fulfill His promises. He also gave them plenty of warnings that if they did not obey His commandments, then there would be steep punishments that follow. What did God require of them in order to reap His blessings? They were to fear (reverence/respect) God, walk in His way, love and serve Him with all their heart and soul, and to keep his commandments and statutes. What God required of Israel, He still requires for His children today.
If we want God’s blessings, we must live by what God requires
We can’t go through life living any way we want and still expect God to send His blessings. Just as God would punish Israel for not obeying Him and keeping Him as their only God, He will punish us too. As a nation, we do not live the way God requires. We have become a nation full of pride and rebellion against God. We’re a nation that rivals with Sodom and Gomorrah. American can be well described as “they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.” (Isaiah 56:11) The problem with “turning our own way” can be found in Proverbs 21:2, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” What looks right to us, doesn’t always look right to God because God knows the intent of our heart.
Another problem with “turning our own way” is that we refuse to acknowledge God or the way He expects us to live. We change our laws to suit how we want to live and throw out God’s laws and commandments. But changing our laws does not negate God’s laws. When we stand before God to give an account for our lives, you can be sure the laws you will be judged by will by His laws and not the man-made laws of this sin-filled nation.
What God requires is for our good
It’s important to note that God ended these verses with, “which I command thee this day for thy good.” God’s commandments and statutes are for our good. God only has our best interest in mind so everything God does is for us. His laws are not to make life boring – but so that we can live life to the fullest within the bounds that He created.
God, just as Israel failed in keeping your expectations, so we fail every day. Forgive us and give us a desire to live within the bounds that You have set in Your commandments. Help us to reverence You, to walk in Your way, to love and serve You with all of our heart and soul and to keep your commandments and statutes.
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