March 15, 2022


The blessing of God is when God takes something natural and makes it supernatural. When He takes the normal beyond normality. When His hand and his smile are upon a person, a family, a land. To be under God’s blessing is to be in the optimum position for this life and the next.


… is given for such a life to the Israelites as they prepare to enter the Promised Land, modern-day Israel. In a simple paragraph God gives them, once again, the pattern they must follow to know God’s blessing.

Deuteronomy 11
18 “You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
19 “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.
20 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
21 so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.
22 “For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him,
23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.


To live under God’s blessing, the Israelites were to do whatever was necessary to remember God’s word. In Israel today, you will see Orthodox Jews who have small black boxes called phylacteries on their forehead and arms. These contain a portion of this very passage. They took it literally, but for most, mechanically.

God wants His word on our hearts more than anything else. We must be daily at His throne, listening to His Word. Our great goal of our study is not mere knowledge, but Him. It is to see Him and know Him and love Him more and more.

And He wants us to be careful to teach these truths to our children. This is not a one-shot training. We are to disciple our kids constantly … “when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” The truth of God is to be integrated and shared and lived 24/7. We are called to live in unceasing communion with God and to invite our family and those we disciple into that journey.


But it is not enough to just know God’s Word. We must be “careful to keep” all that He has said. That would be impossible if it were not for the Holy Spirit who has come to indwell every believer. The Spirit gives us the power—if we will rely on Him daily, hourly—to do everything He asks us to do. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Paul said (Philippians 4:13).

Do you want a God-blessed life? The prescription is simple. Love the Lord above all else, listen to Him through His Word and prayer, and follow Him in the power of the Holy Spirit. God loves to bless those who follow Him!

Father, give me grace to look to You. To turn my eyes from the gods of this world who call for my attention. Help me get my training at Your feet from Your Word and prayer. And then, give me courage and strength to do everything you ask. And finally, help me a continual discipler of those You put in my care, beginning with my family.


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