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If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. – Deuteronomy 28:1 NIV
When my son follows the instructions I give him, I praise his efforts. Likewise, when we follow God’s law, He is pleased with us. Not because we are trying to earn our way into heaven by doing good deeds, but rather because He can tell how much we love Him when we follow Him.
God’s law is not a burden on us. It is there for a reason: to strengthen and to guide us.
When the Lord rewards us, it is not necessarily with wealth and prestige, although sometimes He does give His faithful servants prosperity.
The Lord has many ways of setting us above. For example, He gives us freedom of speech. He does not command us to follow laws like a taskmaster. He allows us to choose each day whom we shall serve. Following Him is always a great choice. Amen.
So Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew. – Deuteronomy 33:28 NIV
The Lord gives us a safe hiding place. We can take refuge in His everlasting arms.
At times we may wonder if our financial future is secure, but the best insurance comes from the Lord. Imagine purchasing eternal life insurance! Jesus gave the chance for eternal life to us freely. Amen.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. – John 1:3 NKJV
Jesus is creative. He is the source of all creation. When we create things, it is because we are made in His image; therefore, we can imagine, plan, and put our plans into action.
Nothing happens without the Lord knowing about it. He is aware of all the details of our lives.
When we are sick, He heals us. When we are hungry, He feeds us. When we are sad, He comforts us.
The Lord intends for us to prosper. He has work that He wants us to do, and when we take time to read the Bible, we tune in to His purpose for us. When we are busy getting our “to do” lists done, sometimes we are too busy to hear His voice. When we take the time for prayer and meditation, we hear Him and follow. Amen.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. – Psalm 37:7 NKJV
In the past I have witnessed people who were unethical prosper. They were out for their own gain and they did not care how many shortcuts they took to get more money or whom they exploited to get there. The Lord says that evil people will be “cut off.” They may seem like they get away with anything, but it won’t always be that way.
The Lord is a just God, and He is the ultimate judge.
We have to be careful that in remembering the past wrongs that other people did to us, we don’t fall into resentment. The past is the past, and we learned from our mistakes. We know not to trust those unethical people again. Amen.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. – Psalms 37:5-6 NIV
A funny thing happens when we commit to something we care about. Everything falls into place. When we trust the Lord in all things: family, career, and health, the Lord rewards us.
A reward from God is not always monetary, although sometimes He will show us we are on the right track by giving us prosperity. A reward can simply be a feeling of happiness, gratitude, and contentment. The Lord has given us an incredible inheritance: eternal life. Our trials are temporary. Amen.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” – Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV
The Lord has good plans for our lives. He wants us to have a future. He wants us to prosper. He wants to hear our prayers. He does listen.
Things weren’t always going well for God’s people. When they didn’t honor their covenant with the Lord, they were carried off as captives to Babylon. But the Lord didn’t stay angry with them forever. He promised to bring them back.
His love for us transcends that of any parent on Earth. We are lucky to have a gracious and forgiving Heavenly Father.
When things don’t seem to be going well for us, whether it is financially, spiritually, or physically, we know we can always return to our God, and He will listen to us. Amen.