Day 2 — 40 Days of God’s Favor

Day 2 — Monday, March 6th

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 28:1–14.

1 And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God. 3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. 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 you. 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 barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. 9 The LORD will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in his ways. 10 And all the 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 make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The LORD will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, 14 and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” (ESV)

Main Idea: The heart of God toward his people is to lavish blessing upon them.

When you read this promise to Israel, three things stand out.

First is the repetition of the word bless. God wants to bless his people. Blessing is his idea and plan.

Second is that he can bless those who obey his commands. God’s favor toward his children is unwavering, but our capacity to receive and retain blessing depends on obedience and wisdom.

Third and most striking is the comprehensiveness of God’s blessing. God wants to bless everything in your life. God’s favor is generous. God’s goodness is lavish. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Second Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.”

Declaration: God wants to bless me. As I walk in God’s ways, he will bless every aspect of my life. I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus.