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. (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)
“If” is a powerful word. My husband has been stuck on it for months. He even preached an entire message on those two tiny, little letters. “If” is found in a myriad of scriptures and is usually worded something like this… “If you do this, I will do this.” A great majority of God’s promises are written this way—they are conditional. Our family has found that if we hold up our end of the bargain God is always faithful to hold up His. In the above passage found in Deuteronomy 28 God tells us if we obey, His blessing will come upon us and overtake us. Do you know what it means to be overtaken? It means the thing that is chasing you down is going faster than you. The textbook definition of overtake is: to come over somebody suddenly, or catch somebody by surprise; to catch up with or pass a person. (Suddenly is another word I love…The “suddenlies” of God can be absolutely breathtaking!)
Another passage of scripture that beautifully exhibits our part in God’s blessing is Malachi 3:8-10. “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, in what way have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour our for you such a blessing that their will not be room enough to receive it.” If—there’s that word again. If you tithe—If you obey. We have a huge part in all of it. God’s blessing is always there waiting. But if we do not activate them by doing our part, they do us no good.
I have heard it said that a man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. I will take that even further. A man with an experience and the Word of God behind him is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.
My husband and I don’t get everything right, nobody does. But if you’re going to tell me that God doesn’t want to bless His people you have come too late. I have already experienced His blessing in too many ways to number. We have chosen to take God at His word. Just this week my husband got surprised at work. His boss called and told him he wanted my husband to take over a job that another employee had been doing very poorly. In conversation his boss said he would pay him five dollars more than his base pay to finish out this job and clean up the mess plus forty dollars a day for food (which is ten dollars more than everyone else is getting.) Plus they are paying for his hotel and gas. If you are calculating, that is a nine dollar an hour bonus! Plus when this job is done and he is back home they raised his base pay by two dollars an hour. And get this—he didn’t even ask for any of it. His boss just called and piled it on. That, my friends, is being overtaken. So believe on Him. God is not a man that He should lie. He means what He says and He always keeps His Word!
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8)