Deuteronomy 28: 7
The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction, but flee from you in seven. NIV
I am completely taken with this chapter of Deuteronomy. I was somewhere recently with someone, I cannot remember who, but, I wasn’t near a hard-copy Bible. I’ve downloaded a copy of the Bible onto my PDA, but, it is the King James version. As we discussed Deuteronomy 28, I looked it up and read just the opening verses. When I did, I saw something new in verse 2, “And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.” KJV
Blessings will overtake me … I love that!
I’m reading Henry Blackabee’s “Experiencing God.” I’m only in the first week. Each week, he assigns a memory verse. This week, (which I confess is stretching into two calendar weeks for me) the verse is John 15:5. The last part of that verse says, “apart from me you can do nothing.” Blackabee makes an interesting point. He says, “I think God is crying out to us, ‘Don’t just do something. Stand there! Enter a love relationship with Me. Get to know Me. Adjust your life to Me. Let Me love you and reveal Myself through you to a watching world.'”
Stand there and receive My love … blessings will overtake you … apart from Me you can do nothing.
And my enemies … I’m not supposed to worry about them. Verse 7 says that they will be defeated before me … while they might mount an organized attack, I read this verse to promise that they will be unsuccessful, and flee in confusion.
That’s a lot to think about today!