Blessing or Curse
America is a land of options. Statistics tell us that there are over 600,000 restaurants in the United States. If we don’t like one, we have 599,999 other restaurants to choose from. People like options. We have options when it comes to food, vehicles, houses, phones, clothing, pets, etc. If you don’t like your mechanic, you can find another one down the street. If you don’t like your toothpaste, you can try another kind from the store. Because we have so many options, we have many choices to make.
In Deut. 11, God gave the children of Israel two choices. God was very specific as to what the choices were. God said, “Behold, I set before you a blessing and a curse” (v. 26). The Israelites had a choice to make between the blessing of God or the curse of God. God was clear in His directions as to what would bring the blessing. He said, “A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day” (v. 27). Obedience was the condition to receive blessing. The second choice was a “curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known” (v. 28). Disobedience was the condition to receive God’s curse. God would not force them to obey Him. Rather, God wanted them to make a willful choice to obey His commandments. God gave them a choice to bring out what was truly in their heart.
God offers choices to mankind. To the unsaved, God sets before them blessing and a curse. Because we all have broken God’s law, we are born under the curse and sentence of death. Because of God’s intervention in the sending of Jesus Christ as a substitutionary sacrifice, the gospel once again places the blessing and curse before the lost man. The blessing comes when a man obeys the call to repentance and faith in Christ. The curse remains if “so great salvation” is neglected. The unsaved man must choose between life and death, righteousness and sin, Christ and Satan, blessing and a curse. On the other hand, those who have been declared righteous before God and are walking in newness of life still have a daily choice to make between blessing and a curse. The route of blessing is the route of obedience. 1 John 2:5 says, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected…” The route of chastening is the route of disobedience. You cannot expect the blessings of God if you do not obey His commands. Before the Christian are two choices that must be made daily. He must choose between obedience and disobedience, humility and pride, God’s will and self-will, holiness and sin, blessing and a curse. May we always choose the route of blessing.