This chapter is stunning, really. Its long and detailed in its descriptions of God’s blessings or curses to Israel. The single issue on whether Israel would experience fabulous blessings (vs. 1-14) is obedience. If God’s people obey Him – they would have no need. The curses are equally bad (vs. 15-68) and seemingly worse! There are 3 times more verses dedicated to the consequences of Israel’s disobedience to God and the breaking of their covenant with Him. You can sense a foreshadowing of what Israel would choose after they had conquered the Promised Land and were enjoying its prosperity. They would stop serving the Lord (vs. 47).
The crucial nature of obedience may be heightened in my mind as I just preached as much two days ago! And yet, it’s next to impossible to miss the point in Deuteronomy 28. Paul’s words in Galatians 6 apply so strongly – will we obey and “sow” good things in the Spirit and reap the Christ-like life or will we disobey and “sow” to please the flesh? The latter leads to destruction because God will not be mocked. I want to be found consistently investing in the things of the Spirit; following Christ! Paul goes on and says: ‘Let us not grow weary in doing good because at the proper time we will reap a great harvest if we don’t give up..’
Father, I’m prone to give up and stop investing in the Spirit – but that’s not what I want! Please strengthen me to not grow weary in doing good. Help me to be obedient in all things for your glory and so I can experience your blessings!