And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them. Deu 28:13
God is so rich! In fact, God is infinitely rich. There is so much richness in His Word! People are looking for all kinds of riches in this world, but the most exciting riches I have come to discover are not in the world, but in the Word of God. You can open any scripture and literally get blown away by the power of the revealed Word that you find there. At such times, earthly treasures pale into nothingness. You begin to understand why David would say in Psalm 119:72, “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.”
And in verse 127 he says, “Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.”
Here was a truly spiritual person talking!
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the modern Church. Deuteronomy 28 is probably the most-quoted chapter of the Bible among born-again believers; and yet, in the majority of cases it is done in the wrong spirit and God’s people are completely missing out on the real riches that God has for them.
You see, we cannot take the Old Testament literally, simply because everything in the Old Testament was a ‘type’ of the real thing. The real blessing came with Jesus Christ, and especially after His death and resurrection.
Deuteronomy 28:13 is not what many believers have been taught to ‘claim’ it as. In fact, it is one of many scriptures talking about our victory in the spirit after we have laid down our lives, taken our cross and followed Jesus. When we are living that kind of lifestyle, we will have victory in every area of our lives.
Today Christians are taking this scripture and using it to seek for promotion in their places of work; to claim ‘victory’ over their perceived enemies; and a host of other self-glorifications and the fulfilment of their fleshly lusts. When we consider the way Deuteronomy 28:13 is applied in much of today’s Church teachings, we realize how far the Church has removed its focus from obtaining the true riches of God in their lives. There is no denying the fact that the Church appears to be seeking after something else. As a result we end up being the tail and not the head!
May God help us to align our lives with the true, living gospel that will enable us to lay claim to the victorious New Testament inheritance that is ours.