by Wally Fry
Thursday, September 26
The Blessings of Loving God
“And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full,” Deuteronomy 11:13-15.
God is not some giant cosmic candy dispenser; we do not put in an obedience coin and receive a blessing piece of candy. So, our relationship with Him is not an exact mirror of the one He had with the Israelites; that was more transactional in the sense that they obeyed and followed and blessings followed. When they failed to obey, blessings were lost and cursings followed. Yet, we can apply this to our lives today. How are we blessed by loving God?
A transaction did take place under the New Covenant. We owed a debt for our sin, and Jesus paid it with His death. Three days later, He arose and gave us new life. That is, we receive new life if we trust Him. We first love Him by our repentance of our sin, belief in Him and what He did on that cross and through His resurrection. The blessings that follow are immeasurable.
We get some blessings from this new relationship that even His chosen people did not. We get a release, on an eternal basis, from the penalty of our sin. We do not have to strive and struggle to repay it, because Jesus already has. We get something else they did not get. We receive the very presence of God’s Holy Spirit in us at the moment of our regeneration. He never leaves us, and guides and takes care of us forever. What blessing could be bigger than that?
JUST A THOUGHT: There was a time when the Holy Spirit came into and left the lives of God’s children; now He never leaves us or forsakes us.