Day 75: If…Then (Deuteronomy 28; Mark 15:27-47)

If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments, which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above the nations of the earth. -Deuteronomy 28:1

Do you realize that your Christian walk is not a passive one? That’s because we don’t serve a passive God. There are times in the Bible where we’ll come across passages that offer conditional promises. They usually look like this: If we keep our minds stayed on Him and trust in Him, then He will give us perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).

Conditional promises are dependent on whether we are willing to do what God has asked of us. If we are, then He will do His part in what He has promised.

Deuteronomy 28 is filled with the blessings God will give when His people listen diligently to His voice and obey His commands:

They will be blessed in the city and out in the field (v. 3).

The fruit of the body and of their ground and the fruit of the beasts, the increase of their cattle and the young of their flock (v. 4).

He would make them the head and not the tail (v. 13).

If they did not obey His commands, they would be overtaken by their enemy, have a lack of crops, and their children would be given away to other people. (It’s interesting to note that God blesses with addition and multiplication and curses through subtraction and division).

What they received was based on the choices they made. When we walk with God, we can be sure that we will be abundantly blessed and taken care of. Walking in obedience shows faith and trust in God. Jesus tells us in the book of John that our obedience is tied to our love for Him.

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with Him. -John 14:23

Do you struggle with being obedient to God? 

How can you take a more active role in your relationship with God? 


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