Updated: Mar 31
By Pastor Trusty
“And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”
God grants us the condition we can use to reverse whatever sicknesses that come our way. It is a very simple condition that we should serve him and not any other gods. What can we learn from this verse? God promises those who obey him good things. When you place your trust in God and serve him, he promises to bless you.
You will never go hungry nor be sick. Should you experience sickness, all the same, he shall heal you. In other words, God will not forsake those who choose to depend on him. He will make certain that your needs are met and your life is fulfilled.
In many cases in the Bible, we see God using sickness as a form of punishment for those who fail to obey him. He punished the Egyptians with diseases since they oppressed his people and refused to release them. The Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.” (Deuteronomy 7:15).
God delivered the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt so that they could inherit the Promised Land. This is the land he had promised their ancestors. Since he is a faithful God, he desired to fulfill that promise. In delivering them, God wanted the children of Israel to realize that he was a powerful God. That he was more powerful than the Egyptian idols. You see, the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt for a long time. Thus, some of them might have emulated their ways of worship. That is why the message “And ye shall serve the Lord your God,” had to be emphasized to them.
“He shall bless thy bread and thy water.” In Deuteronomy 8:16, we see that God indeed fulfilled that promise to the Israelites. This says it all; “Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end? We all know that in the wilderness there is no food and water. Even so, the children of Israel did not go hungry even in the wilderness. God provided them with manna, which is food that not even their ancestors had eaten before.
What does that tell us as believers? Well, it is clear first that the things God promises, he fulfills. Hadn’t he promised to bless us and never let us fall sick when we serve him? It is, therefore, upon, us to repent of our sins and serve him.
We receive so many challenges in our lives that we can never handle on our own. But God can lead us to safety when we are in danger. In our darkest moments, he will illuminate our paths.
God is the creator of everything that exists. He is the provider of wisdom, food, water, healing, and strength among many things. Serving Him is the only way to ensure our needs are met. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
For us to be God’s servants, we first have to be free from sin. We need to repent and leave behind all our wicked ways. Also, God requires us to be humble. Pride will lead us no where. Proverbs 15:18 clearly tells us that “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
How about humility? James 4:10 says Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Blessings come to those who humble themselves to God. This is something every believer should understand. If you are a proud person, it is time to change that attitude. Let it not prevent you from receiving the many promises God has promised us.
God’s Faithfulness Exodus 23:25 “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” In this verse, we are encouraged by the importance of serving God. He is our provider and the lone one who deserves to be worshiped and glorified. Why is that so important? Because he has the ability to take away sicknesses that befall us when we obey him. It means when we are sick, let us ask him for healing. Indeed, He will cure us. Furthermore, God promises to bless what we eat and drink. It is a guarantee, therefore, that when we serve him with sincere hearts, he will never let us go hungry nor thirsty. He is faithful and will provide for our every need.
As worshippers, let us continue worshipping the one true God. Let us not be deceived into thinking there are other gods that can replace the Mighty God. The Bible clearly admonishes us against worshipping other gods. When we believe in God and serve him, good things will happen to us in our lives. God promises to bless us in many ways when we obey him.