“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse …” (v26). God made it clear that He had rescued Israel from Egypt because of His own merciful love, not because they were righteous (ch 9). However, their future enjoyment of the good land He was giving them depended on their obedience. If they walked in God’s ways and practiced justice, holiness, and mercy, they would discover blessing, but if they rejected God’s ways, they would experience the curse (v27-28).
“That you may be strong, and go in and take possession of the land” (v8). God calls us to walk closely with Him so that we can “be strong,” ready to face life’s challenges without fear.