Deut:28:13" And the Lord shall MAKE you the head,and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath; if you listen and obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day, to observe and to do them." I especially like that word 'make.' The word'make' implies that God is saying,'If it isnt so,I'm going to cause it to be, anyway"!
14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand,or to the left,to go after other gods to serve them.
15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt NOT HEARKEN unto the voice of the Lord your God, to observe to do all his commandments and His statutes which I command you this day; that all these CURSES shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.
This means that the curses will be running after you. They might not have you right now, but they will catch you and overcome you. The curses break down into three area's: poverty, sickness, and death. Poverty is a curse. It always has been and it always will be. Death(and this particularly refers to spiritual death) is a curse- always has been, always will be. The curse is the result of disobeying the Word of God.
What we're talking about in this passage is the whole issue of obedience. Obedience gives us entrance into God's blessings. It gives us the ability to walk in the fullness of Abraham's blessings. God's first blessing to Abraham was to make him rich. Someone may ask, "is the Bible saying we're all going to be millionaires?" NO, the word "rich" means a full supply ; abundantly provided for.
After God told Abraham he would make him rich, He went on to tell him,"and I'll make you a blessing."
So we know a little something about the blessing of God that will overtake us if we hearken diligently to the Lord our God and if we're obedient. but we know, too, that the curses will overtake us if we're not obedient.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
I like this verse because it aptly describes the attractiveness of obedience. It is beautiful thing when God has someone who is willing to hear from Him and obey Him.
1 SAMUEL 15:22
22 And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
To obey God means that you hearken unto the Lord your God and do all that He tells you by His Spirit and by His Word to do. And there is no sense in your asking God to speak to you about a matter when you're not doing what's already writtne in His Word. For intance, in this verse , Samuel was rebuking Saul because Saul did something that he thought was okay even though God had been very specific about what He wanted Saul to do. Actually, in this passage, God rejected Saul as king because of his disobedience.