Promises AND Curses

June 3, 2018

Deuteronomy 4:26… I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.

            This is the curse to the people of God who disobey His commandments. God freed them from captivity in Egypt and that was no small task. He promised to take them to a land where they could dwell in safety and abundance. The Land that He promised them was the Land of Canaan. If they obeyed him, He would lead them into the Land. That promise has been quoted often. And it should be, but it should also be noted that it came with strings attached. The people were to obey God. Disobedience resulted in the curse rather than the promise.

            We have been promised a Land, of God’s choosing, where He will dry every tear and He will comfort the downtrodden. As has always been His pattern, He gives this to us in covenant. Covenants are two sided. He does his part; we respond with ours. Our response is to be obedience. Disobedience on our part changes the outcome of the covenant. Instead of receiving the promise, we receive the curse. The magnitude of the curse as given at the top of this page is huge… “Heaven and earth are against us.” With heaven against us, where are we going to turn? We have seen people turn to actors, talk show hosts, alcohol, and vacations for relief from the pains of life. In Deuteronomy, this curse followed a specific disobedience:

Verse 25… When you father children and have grandchildren, and have grown old in the Land, if you acted corruptly by making a carved image of anything, and by doing what is evil in the sight of God your God so as to provoke him to anger…

            God is invisible. He wants us to know him as He is. When we make an idol of something visible, we offend Him and ignore His desire. When we teach our children to love visible things, we lead them away from God. That is the disobedience that God rewards with the curse. He does not have a vending machine with everything we could ever want; and for which he gives us coins.