"Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. - Deut 28:1 NASB
"But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God ... that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:" - Deut 28:15 NASB
It seems so simple, doesn't it? So cut and dried. Obey and be blessed by God. Disobey and be cursed by God. These were the instructions given by Moses to the people of Israel, straight from the mouth of God. Despite the clear instructions, however, throughout recorded history Israel cycled in and out of obedience, blessing and cursing. I shake my head at them until I realize that I am oftentimes no less stubborn in wanting to pursue my own way rather than God's way.
Granted, my stubbornness doesn't get me into the same kind of trouble. I've yet to receive a literal plague upon my home or person, and I have literally gone hungry or thirsty from a famine or drought because I failed to wholeheartedly pursue God's path. But objectively as I look upon my life, I know I've received some "plagues" in a figurative sense and missed out of God's blessings as well. No matter who we are, God's timeless principles apply.
The good news is that while God promises not to spare us from calamity if we disobey (note that he also might cause some distress to bring us back to him), he is also quick to forgive and return us to favor in his eyes.
"So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you ... and you return to the LORD your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul ... then the LORD your God will restore you from captivity and have compassion on you ... " - Deut 30:1-3a NASB
Our compassionate God will restore us and bless us again, no matter how far we've strayed from him if we sincerely come back to him. His anger towards disobedience only exists because of his great love for us. Is there something you need to run from so that you can run back to God today? Are you being disobedient as a result of not doing what God has called you to do? Don't wait. A blessing awaits.
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.