26 ‘You shall not make for yourselves [a]idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down [b]to it; for I am the Lord your God. 2 You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the Lord. 3 If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, 4 then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. 5 Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your [c]food to the full and live securely in your land. 6 I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. 7 But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; 8 five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. 9 So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. 10 You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. 11 Moreover, I will make My [d]dwelling among you, and My soul will not [e]reject you. 12 I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.
That’s an amazing promise, but also a sobering passage. All the Jews had to do was follow God’s commands, and all these blessings would be theirs and their children’s. God would even go so far as to eliminate harmful beasts from their land and protect them from invasion (which he did do on numerous occasions).
The Jews did not hold up their end of the bargain, and yet God redeemed them time and again. Think though, of the blessings they missed in their disobedience. God’s word is full of promises, and while He doesn’t always promise sunshine and roses to those that follow Him today, what promises and blessings do we miss out on because we don’t obey.
Keep your ears open, and your heart in tune with His, that you hear His voice, and know what He asks of you. Don’t miss out on a blessing because you were too busy doing things your own way.