Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Blessing and Cursing

Focus verses: Numbers 24:10-25

Most of us are familiar with the story of Balaam's donkey. The donkey could see the angel of the Lord when Balaam was totally oblivious. Why should the donkey be more sensitive than Balaam to the presence of the angel of the Lord?

Balaam was on his way to Balak with the Lord's permission. But with the injunction to say only what the Lord told him to say. Balaam is not a follower of the Lord. He's a soothsayer, not a prophet of God.

He's aware that he cannot curse the Israelites. Yet he goes to Balak. And then he blesses the Israelites, not once but three times.The blessings and promises of God are sure. There is no changing them.

There are two lessons for us in this story. First we should cultivate an awareness of the presence of God. And second we should bless those whom God blesses. It isn't profitable to set oneself at odds with God.

Father, God,

Keep us ever mindful and aware of Your presence. Help us to draw closer to You so that the only words we say are those You approve.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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