God laid down his commandments for Israelites, and he pronounced the consequences that would follow their actions towards the rules. God promised to bless Israelites if they obey him, but he promised to punish them heavily if they disobey him. The Creator spent only 14 verses of Deuteronomy Chapter 28 to itemize how he would bless Israelites for their obedience. Meanwhile, he spent the remaining 54 verses of the same chapter to itemize severe punishments that would pursue Israelites if they dare to disobey him.
God itemize the reward of Israelites’ obedience and said “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways” (Deuteronomy 28:1-7).
God also itemize the reward of Israelites’ disobedience and said “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. “The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me” (Deuteronomy 28:15-20).
Acts of obedience to God’s laws always attract God’s blessings, but acts of disobedience to his laws always attract punishments. Meanwhile, God’s judgment could very hash if he is provoked beyond normal. It is true that God is patient and loving, but he can be provoked to act otherwise if his children violate his holiness standard. Therefore, all children of God are to carefully obey God’s laws, so that they can be qualified to receive his blessings – and not his punishments.
Dear God, please do not let me provoke you to receive punishments. Let me carefully obey your commandments so that I can prosper in the land of the living. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.