Monday, August 29
By Rebecca Dauksas
I have a family member with a birthday coming up next week. I have already bought and wrapped the gifts. Of course, the purpose of giving a gift allows us to tell that person that they are special, that they are loved, appreciated, remembered,…
God is definitely a Giver. After all He showed us His love by giving us His only begotten Son. He gives us so much including life. He offers us so many gifts in the present and in the life to come.
In Leviticus 26 God offered the people His blessings for their obedience. If they obeyed Him, He would have provided what they needed. He would have given them prosperity and peace. He would have given them victory even when others attacked them. They would also have received the ultimate gift of His presence. He said to them, “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” Leviticus 26:12
Just as blessings and rewards motivate us to do what is right, consequences also motivate us to avoid wrong. God presents a very graphic description of the consequences of rejecting Him to His people. Sadly, this description reads like a history book for the Israelites. Thankfully, God granted the Israelites the gifts of grace and forgiveness after the punishments of their disobedience. But hold on a minute, we have another gift from God. He gives us the gift of the text we are studying because we can learn from their example. We do not want to follow in their footsteps. Yes, the Israelites were taken back and used by God, but many individuals as we have been discovering are missing out on the blessings in the meantime. They are missing the blessings because they are rejecting the One that wants to bless them. In this chapter we see so clearly, what happens as a result of rejecting God. And even though we can receive forgiveness for our sin, it is so much better to choose God in the first place. Choosing God results in His blessings! Sure there will still be all the hardships we go through in this fallen world, but we can lean into our God. We can rely on His Promise that He will be with us and be our God. That is an amazing gift!