Blessings on blessings on blessings
Hello friends! I hope you’re all doing great. I’m doing much better re: my headache and my fear episodes. I’m currently functioning on about four hours of sleep in the past 24 hours so yeah, I feel really slow, but I want to update the blog, because it’s a labor of love <3
Just an aside-- please don’t mistake sleep deprivation for hard work. I didn’t check my syllabus ahead of time, so when I checked just as I was about to sleep, I realized that I had a major assignment due today. The sleep went out of the window and I did what had to be done. Haha :D
I just read Deuteronomy 28 in my bible and it literally has me grinning from ear to ear. I was just reading along without checking the actual passage, but once I saw “if you will hearken diligently…”, I just knew where I was and the blessings that I was about to read. So I grinneeeed :D
I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite blessings from the passage and tell you my interpretation of each verse. Without further ado, let’s roll! ‘
Please press play on the song below.
I love Mairo’s entire album so much I’m very ready to marry him. Please it’s a joke oh. The song is not entirely in english, but the lyrics are really simple. The song says
Mere jirie Oghene me (I will praise my God) O yovo mere lele (Him alone will I serve/follow ) Me re swo Ole halleluyah k'Oghene me (I will sing a song of halleluyah to my God) Ole halleluyah ki Jesu me (A song of halleluyah to my Jesus)
Now on to Deuteronomy 28:1-14. I highlighted a few verses that stood out to me.
1“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.
2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
I love this passage for a few reasons:
1. I know that the Lord has declared victory for me. Verse 13 says that I will be above and not beneath. This is very comforting, especially for ambitious people like me. With the Lord on my side, my end is already settled, and He will lead me to an expected end- of victory! I do not believe that suffering is essential in every situation. The Lord already has conquered the world, and greater works that He shall we do. Therefore, we have dominion over everything on earth, and He has given us all these gifts. Live like a king and queen because your father is the master of the universe. (Please let me know how you feel about this in the comment section, I'm very curious about other christians' personal philosophies on suffering)
2. Blessings will literally chase you down and overtake you. How cool is it that the bible says that you shall be blessed in your going out and in your coming in. You shall be blessed in the country and in the city. If you're a child of God, it doesn't matter where you are. The Lord will bless the works of your hands no matter what you do. Whether you sell toothpicks or homemade cookies, the Lord will bless you beyond your understanding. God's blessings are not limited to geography, education or pedigree. They are universal. They abide by God's laws and not economic or political situations. When others say there's a casting down, we shall experience a lifting up! Amen, somebody?
3. The Lord will protect you. My understanding of God's protection is very limited, but I think of His shield as an impermeable armor that covers us on all sides. The armor protects us from physical, mental and emotional stresses, once we remain under the shelter of the most High. His name remains a strong tower for the righteous to find refuge. He is a rock that we can hide behind in times of trouble. He is the general that makes no mistakes, so we can rest assured in His divine protection.
Please let me know your thoughts! I truly do appreciate your comments and feedback. Let's get talking!
Till next time, remember that you have nothing to fear because the Lord's blessings already have gone ahead of you! <3 <3 <3