In Deuteronomy 29 and 30, we see the Israelites renewing their covenant with God. Moses talks about the blessings that come from walking in the covenant, but also what happens when the people live in disobedience.
“Covenant” is used around 300 times in the Bible. The story of what the covenant was and why it is important starts early in Scripture. The basis was God reaching down to love humanity in all of our brokenness and mess. By creating this covenant with His people, all of what is His would be theirs. His intense love of humanity inspired Him to create this covenant. The people would fall away and break the covenant, but God never would. He is faithful even when we remain faithless. Even here in Deuteronomy, He pursued His people as they strayed away and loved other idols.
As we talked about it yesterday, living in obedience to God brought the people into great blessings, but disobedience brought curses upon them.
When understanding why this matters in our life, it is important to see God’s intense love for us. He was doing these things to protect His people and to give them the greatest blessings He could. When we choose to walk in obedience to His commandments, He blesses us for that. The blessings leave though when we go our own way, thinking we know better.
What areas of your life are you choosing your own way?
Where is God asking you to be obedient to Him?