Deuteronomy 28:2 "And all these blessings shall come on you and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of the Lord your God."
Overtake a : to catch up with b : to catch up with and pass by c : to come upon suddenly.
Related Words: chase, pursue, gain, reach, pass, surpass
Can you tell that as I (Mia) was reading through Deuteronomy, this word literally "overtook" me. It created a beautiful image in my mind of how passionate God is for me.....how passionate God is for you!
"Blessings shall come on you and overtake you......." I can just picture a wave of blessings pulsating, rising up, chasing me, pursuing me and then all of the sudden overtaking me suddenly as if by complete surprise. I love it. I love that God's goodness is a like a wave that crashes over me continually. Can you see it? Can you feel it? It blows my mind!
On the flip side, however, I know how much of my life was spent being overtaken by guilt, shame, sorrow, sadness, fear and self destruction. I remember what it was like when a wave of depression would rise over me and fill every part of my heart and mind. It was all consuming and I saw no space or possibility for joy, I saw no light. I couldn't swim out of the pain and I felt like I was drowning in guilt and sadness. But God.......
But God, caught up with me, His goodness moved faster than me and passed by my guilt and shame. His grace came over me suddenly and took away my sadness. He chased me when I was running from Him, He pursued me, He gained ground and He reached out His hand to me. In all of my running He passed and surpassed me with his blessings, goodness, grace and mercy.
I was overtaken by the blessings of God as I listened to His voice instead of the voice of the liar. Oh Lord, how amazing are your blessings!
Today, my friends, may we listen to His voice through His Word and by His Holy Spirit. And as we listen to the voice of the Lord our God may we be completely overtaken with His blessings. May we be overwhelmed by His grace.
This day, as we observe and remember, may we step back and thank God for all He has done, all He is doing and all that He is going to do.