“You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.. You will be blessed when you come in and when you go out” – Deuteronomy 28: 3-6 (NIV).
Almost everyone these days has seen or heard of someone engaging in sports betting. This is a business model where participants are betting on the outcome of particular sports teams to win money based on their predictions.
Sports betting like all others forms of gambling has a few who will win to make the business believable. But the majority end up losing, hence providing a handsome profit to the owners. There are hundreds of gamblers who have ended up in complete ruin as their betting did not yield much fruit.
For believers our God has thrown us a wager but with certain success. Here in our verse today we see the promises of God in our lives when we obey His commands. “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of the bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head and not the tail. If you pay attention to the command of the Lord your God I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top and never at the bottom” (Deuteronomy 28: 12-13).
Today, the choice is clearly in our hands. Any of us could decide to walk down to a booth and bet his future away. Or one could go by the precepts of a God who clearly wishes us success. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that they may be food in my house and test me in this, “says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows” (Malachi 3:10).
Prayer for today: Lord Father Almighty God of creation, as is your word today I pray to obey it in its fullness, that I may enjoy the blessings of knowing and serving you!