June 20

he Lord will open for you his rich storehouse, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 28:12 

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace. John 1:16 

The verse from Deuteronomy comes near the end of the second of Moses’ addresses to the people as he nears his death. This portion, from verses 1-14 is titled, “Blessings for Obedience.” The next section is “Curses for Disobedience.” So, this is addressed to people who “fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands.” (28:1) What is promised in the verse sounds great! The Lord’s storehouse is a term often used to say that heaven (the storehouse) is where the wind comes from, where the rain and snow and hail are sent to earth. The land and the crops will flourish; people will have plenty to eat and a good income. Plus, all undertakings will be blessed, which sounds like a great thing to have. God’s people will have everything they need. 

But, wait, who are these perfectly obedient people? Can we do that? Those being addressed by Moses had been wandering about in the wilderness for 40 years for their disobedience. There are lots of curses listed in the rest of the chapter that will happen to all those who are not carefully following the law, maybe that applied to the listeners. Yet, there is the list of good things too – for the obedient ones. This seems a bit confusing, as none of us can be perfect in following the laws, no matter how hard we try. 

We then read, in the book of John, the word “grace.” We encounter a God that loves us, and knows that we are not perfect; after all He made us and knows all about us. This verse is spoken by John the Baptist, right after that he says, in verse 17 “for the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth came from Jesus Christ.”  Because of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we know that we have been blessed with the grace of God and salvation. We have a God that will open the rich storehouse for us, blessing us in our daily endeavors as we strive to follow Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Loving Father, we thank you for your rich grace that flows abundantly from heaven to bless us every day. We praise you for your inexhaustible, compounding grace. We pray for those in need of physical and spiritual healing. Help us to be obedient to your call, and may our lives reflect your grace this day. Amen. 

Chris Gabel