Deuteronomy 28:2 – “All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.”
God loves His children and expects them to be obedient to His laws and commandments. Obedience is a way of expressing our love to God (John 14:15). God has promised that all blessings will come upon those who obey Him (Deut. 28:2). God blessed the midwives Shiphrah and Puah with families of their own because they feared God and did not kill the male babies that Pharaoh asked them to kill (Exod. 1:15-21). God promised blessings on the Israelites if they were obedient to His commandments (Deut. 28:1-14) and those blessings were:
- Blessings will overtake you in the city and country (Deut. 28:3).
- Blessings will overtake your coming and going (Deut. 28:6).
- The fruit of your body and soil will be blessed. God will increase your herd and its offspring (Deut. 28:4).
- Blessed will be your basket and kneading bowl (Deut. 28:5).
- Your enemies will be defeated when they attack you (Deut. 28:7).
- God will bless your storehouses and bless the land that you possess (Deut. 28:8).
- God will establish you as a holy people if you obey God and keep His commandments (Deut. 28:9) and others will respect you.
- God will bless you with all the good treasures and open the heavens to give you rain in its season and bless the work of your hands (Deut. 28:12).
- God will make you a lender and not a borrower (Deut. 28:12).
- God will make you the head and not the tail (Deut. 28:13).
For God, obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22). King Saul disobeyed God by not completely destroying the Amalekites, their king Agag and sparing the best of sheep and oxen (1 Sam. 15:15-22). Saul’s disobedience led him to lose his kingdom. In Deut. 28:15, God told the Israelites that if they failed to obey God’s commandments, they would be cursed.
Do you want to enjoy God’s blessings by lovingly being obedient to His commandments? His commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). After all, you display your love for Him by obeying Him.