God wants you to live in overflow, but in legal terms, He offers a “something-for-something” quid pro quo contract:
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. (Deuteronomy 28:1)
The words diligently obey (hearken in the King James Version) does not just mean “to listen.” It means to believe it, trust it, and to observe and do (faith in action) according to every commandment God gives us.
For believers today under the New Covenant, we are called to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The children of Israel had to obey 613 commandments in the Old Covenant. Think how tough it was for them! Yet when they hearkened and obeyed, they prospered, just as God promised!
We often make trusting in God and taking Him at His Word so difficult, even impossible, but it’s so simple to trust Him and do as He commands.
Look in the next verse from Deuteronomy: “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (28:2).
Read all of Deuteronomy 28:1-17. God has designed blessing after blessing to flow over you, but only if you obey and trust Him!
God wants to raise up an army of people He can trust. He wants to establish His covenant people.
He asks, “Whom can I trust to bless? Whom can I trust to prosper beyond imagination?”