Overtaken – Deuteronomy 28:2, 8

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God…The LORD will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 28:2, 8

What first struck me in these verses was the image of blessings overtaking us. To be pursued and overwhelmed by the blessings of the Lord…it’s such a beautiful picture of the lavish riches of His grace. It doesn’t require a perfect story or a flawless past. God simply wants us to choose this day to serve Him, to love Him, to look to Him for all that we need. Living in the midst of His grace, His faithfulness, and His steadfast love, we are free to experience the blessings He wants to pour out on us. We no longer fight them or wish He would choose differently. Instead we trust Him enough to believe that He is good and that He will withhold no good thing from His children who are counting on Him to never let them down.

Verse 8 then stopped me in my tracks. The Lord commands His blessing on you. He commands it. Meaning, He isn’t casual about how He blesses you. The ways that He shows His faithfulness, love, and kindness in your life are not afterthoughts or happenstances. There is intentionality here. There is forethought and planning. There is decisive action, a command from the sovereign Ruler of the Universe, to pour out specific blessings in your life. His plans for you, the way God wants His grace to be displayed in your days, likely won’t look the same as those around you. Because they aren’t generic. They are chosen for you. And they are good.

So look to our God, set your eyes and your heart on Him, and trust that He will delight in showing His greatness and the glory of His grace by commanding blessings that far exceed your expectations and hopes.

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Psalm 84:11

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