28 “The Lord heard the request you made to me. And he said, ‘I have heard what the people said to you, and they are right. 29 Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fear me and obey all my commands! If they did, they and their descendants would prosper forever. — Deut. 5:28, 29 NLT
God chose the children of Israel to be His people and as long as they were obedient, He blessed them and provided for them. But, oftentimes, they were disobedient and God had to discipline them. He has chosen us to be His peculiar people in today’s world. It is His heart’s desire to bless us daily and provide everything that we need to live Godly lives. We, like the children of Israel, often require discipline. Because of choices we make, a just God cannot bless us during our times of disobedience. This does not mean that every rough patch we go through means we have sinned, some of those times, God allows so that we can grow spiritually. God is not looking for times to discipline us, He is looking for times that He can pour out His blessings on us. He is looking for those whose hearts are totally committed to Him. As we read in verse 29, God says “Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they would fear me and keep all my commandments.” If we have that kind of heart, then God promises us that we will prosper forever. He is still looking for those with that kind of heart today, hearts that are fully committed to Him.