Obedience to God = Blessing
Obey (verb); submit to the authority of.
Blessing (verb); empowered to thrive.
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”
The next part (Deut. 28:3-14) outlines every aspect of life that God will bless when we are obedient to abide in him. It’s long and because it was written a long time ago some of it’s like, “you'll have a lot of goats.” Here’s a modern interpretation of this list, but still go read this on your own so you can make sure I’m not just making things up. I could be a crazy lady. (Hint, I am.)
You’ll be blessed in the city. You’ll be blessed in the country. Your babies will be blessed. All your efforts and your work. All your investments. All your savings. Anything you make or grow be is animal, vegetable, or mineral. Your fridge and pantry will be full. Your bank account will be blessed. You’ll be blessed when you’re coming and when you’re going. The haters will be defeated. You and your family fr generations will be VIP in God’s eyes. Everything you touch will be fruitful and vital. You will abound in prosperity. You’ll have the means to give to others, and you won’t have to borrow for survival. You will be a leader because of your obedience. When you are obedient to God he will share all his riches in heaven with you.
This is the covenant that God made with his people in the Old Testament. This is the SAME covenant that Jesus opened up to all non-Jews. The old covenant was changed only in HOW these blessings are attained. We no longer have to kill animals and follow really tedious rules to cover our sins. Jesus did that. We simply offer our obedience. Is that a sacrifice in itself sometimes? Big yes. Is it worth it to get those blessings above? That’s up to you to decide.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
The Every Day Action: I usually end up praying something like, "I'm here and I'm yours. You know my heart and my want to be living the life you have for me. Do what you will with my life, Dad. Let me know what to do." Obedience to God is the continual practice of submitting of my will to his. It's not following church rules or habits. There are commands in the new covenant (and that's a different post that maybe I'll write some day), the greatest of which is to love.
Obedience/submitting rubs us the wrong way culturally, but it's actually really good. I think about this a lot with my dog, Thora. Things go so much better for her when she listens to me, but I also don't ask her to do anything that won't make her really happy, healthy, and safe. LITERALLY us with God. God only asks me to do things that make me happy, healthy, and safe. And just like Thora is learning to trust that obeying me is always in her best interest (continually working on this, guys, continually), I'm always learning to trust that obedience is what's best for me.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
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