Blessings of obedience from Deuteronomy 8.
All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.
Wow! After reading Deuteronomy 8, the Holy Spirit pointed out a few things God said right here that we should pay attention to:
1) God's commandments and instructions are given for our own good.
In Deuteronomy 8:1, God explains that he has given us commandments that WE may live, multiply, and possess what He has for us.
2) There is a reason for wilderness seasons.
He takes us through the wilderness not to torture us, but to humble us, to prove our character, and test our hearts. (Seeing whether or not we’ll trust Him or disobey & go our own way.)
And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
3) We should rely on Him.
He takes us through wilderness seasons to teach us that our strength comes from Him. “Man does not live on bread alone.
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
4) Even when it doesn't seem like it, God is STILL covering us.
Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
5) As a parent disciplines a child, God disciplines us to correct us.
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.
Discipline is not meant to be harsh or cruel, but it is meant to correct us and lead us along the right path.
6) We should not forget the God Who led us through.
After these promises, God reminds us not to forget Him when we see the promise.
But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is HE that giveth thee power to get wealth, that HE may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Obedience is for OUR own good. God is STILL on the throne in your wilderness seasons, and there is a purpose
in the pain. However, don’t forget God when He brings you out of the pit or when you get what you’ve been praying for.
Invitation to Salvation
God desires so much more for us than we know. God desires for us to be restored back to His original design for mankind. I’m sure you’ve heard the story before about Adam & Eve and the fall of humanity (see more here.) God designed us to display His glory. Unfortunately, we chose to follow our own idea of evil and good, and sin was introduced to the world. For a better understanding and in-depth analysis of why we need salvation please visit these resources!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ