Notice the Signs

by APC on May 30, 2018

There are many Scriptures in the Bible that have a two-pronged effect on me—excitement and uttermost fear. Deuteronomy 28 is one of those passages. We serve a tremendous God, who is ready and willing to bless us until overflowing if we render reasonable service and obedience to Him (Deuteronomy 28:1–2). If not, we’ll be cursed everywhere we go (Deuteronomy 28:15).

What’s found in this passage of Scripture applies to us today. We’ll be blessed or cursed, but not necessarily in the same way described in Scripture. What was purposeful and affected the people then isn’t always an exact one-to-one in the culture we currently abide, but the truth and principle is still the same.

So, when I read, I always ask God to reveal to me the true principle of His Word and to provide a current example for me to understand and apply. Such a time happened recently when reading these Scriptures. And, in this particular portion—where God spoke of His curses—I was holding my breath, with my heart beating wildly inside my chest:

And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind (Deuteronomy 28:64–65, KJV).

Conceptually, I typically think about serving idols as a personal decision—we decide ourselves to put other things before God. But, in this setting of Scripture, idolatry is a curse by God Himself if one doesn’t follow His commandments. He will curse them to serve idols our forefathers never knew. They truly were wood and stone in Biblical times, but in today’s age, what idols would these be?

God spoke to me about our worship of technology—primarily the internet and social media. Now, I’m not saying any of this is wrong, but when we fail to serve the Lord, this tool can become an idol and a curse in our life. The technologies we know today are not ones our ancestors even would know.

The next portion is what struck me the most.

How many people stay up too late on their phones or tablets surfing the Web or checking out social media sites? In the morning they’re tired and weary, cease to function effectively during the day, and do it again repeatedly. They’re missing their rest today.

What’s the percentage of the world’s population who have (or are getting) poor vision with rapid decline because they spend too much time staring at an electronic screen? They’re getting failing eyes today.

How many young children, teens, and adults have taken their life because someone on the internet has harassed them incessantly. Internet bullying is at an all-time high without a foreseeable end. Or, how many people look at what others post on social media and feel like their own life is lacking or uneventful. They long to live any other life than the one God gave them. They’re experiencing sorrow of mind today.

This is just one of the curses we’ll experience as a human race if we don’t serve the Lord. Again, I’ll note there is nothing is wrong with technology. It’s a tool—it can be used for good or bad, and it can be an idol.

God’s telling us to see the signs around us that haven’t captured our attention. We, and the world, need Jesus more than ever before. Lord, help us follow the pathway of blessing and not of Your cursing. Empower us to help others hearken unto Jesus and experience the joy of the Lord. Let us get a holy fear of You, God, but also help us be glad in knowing we serve a God who wants to bless.