Deuteronomy 11: A Blessing or a Curse
I know that this image is incredibly overused in popular culture, but it fits so perfectly that I want to put it in my post today.
In 1836, a band of Texan fighters gathered in the Alamo to resist the attacks of the vastly superior Mexican army. On the night before the imminent battle that would probably and ultimately did mean the end for every one of those men, Colonel William Travis famously drew a line in the sand.
He told the men that if they wanted to stay and fight, they needed to physically walk across that line he drew with the tip of the sword. They knew that they would probably die in the effort, but all of the men that remained did what they thought was right.
In Deuteronomy chapter 11, Moses pretty much lays out an ultimatum of his own.
Deu 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
Deu 11:27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
Deu 11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
Basically, he’s telling the people that they had a choice to make.
If they want a blessing, they can follow God and his commandments. If they want a curse, they don’t have to follow God.
Notice that there is no middle ground; you received one or the other by following or not.
Just like the men in the Alamo, following God must be a full commitment. They could not cross the line halfway. Either they stayed or they didn’t.
I think that this is a commitment that we need to make for God. We need to follow God entirely and make a decision that we don’t turn back from. Unfortunately, many people do falter in their Christian walk, but I pray that that does not happen to any of us.