Foolish Thoughts (Deuteronomy 28-29)

19 one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike. Deuteronomy 29:19

I am sure that you would agree that everyone does foolish things from time to time. Recently I was watching a collection of home videos of people doing foolish things. I found myself laughing each time a person failed until I realized how foolishness would have cost each person their life if not for the grace and mercy of God.

As we walk through our reading for today, it would seem obvious that God’s people would understand clearly that God was offering the Hebrews both a wise and foolish choice (Deuteronomy 28). If the people chose to obey God, be careful to do all He command, the Lord would bless them. If the people chose not to obey God, He would curse them.

The wise thing to do would be to obey God and this is what the entire congregation said they would do, However one generations later, The book of Judges, the Hebrews would do the foolish thing.

As I look back over my life, I realize I have done some pretty foolish things. I have so many times chosen the unwise path. I think about how many times in my pride that I foolishly thought that I had been successful in life when in actuality it was only by God’s grace and mercy that He “overtook me” in blessings.

Here is what I have discovered-just saying I want to follow God does not translate into following God.

It only happens as I genuinely obey him out of love. Here is how Moses described the Hebrews lack of love: “Because you did not serve the Lord your God and with joyfulness and gladness of heart.” (28:47).

In chapter 29, Moses warned the people about wrongly thinking that they could hide the condition of their hearts and that God would continue to bless them (29:19). Brothers and sisters, only when you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind, will you find that the greatest blessing is God Himself.

Today, I am praying that I would see the condition of my heart and that the condition of my heart would reflect love and willingness to obey Him.

Two questions:

  1. How do you decide between what is wise and what is foolish?
  2. Why do you want to be blessed by God?

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